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Filing deadline looms Friday for Aberdeen city election

Aberdeen is set to have a fairly quiet city election season unless someone else files to run by the deadline of 5 p.m. this Friday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the only candidates who have filed to run are the four incumbent city council members, incumbent Mayor Mike Bennett and a single challenger to the mayor, Patrick McGrady.

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That means voters may not have too many options, if any, other than the mayor's race.

Aberdeen's election will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Aberdeen Senior Center.

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The mayor and all four council members elected in November will be the first to serve the four-year terms.

The incumbent council members are Ruth Elliott, Ruth Ann Young, Sandra Landbeck and Bruce Garner

Last year, the city council passed a charter amendment extending the length of terms for mayor and council member from two years to four years.

The 2009 election had seven candidates for the council and three for mayor. The voter turnout then was only 22 percent, with 1,855 ballots being cast at the polls.

Bennett, who was first elected in 2007, is seeking a third term. McGrady has never run for city office but was an unsuccessful House of Delegates candidate last year.

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