A single seat at stake in Berlin’s municipal elections on Tuesday | New
The Berlin City Council elections are just five days away.
The candidates have been settled for a long time, although they have only recently been officially confirmed.
No written nominee was filed by the September 27 deadline, leaving only District 4 up for grabs, where incumbent Dean Burrell is looking to fend off a challenge from We Heart Berlin’s Tony Weeg.
Steve Green is running unopposed for the District 1 seat from which council member Troy Purnell is retiring and incumbent Jay Knerr is running unopposed for the seat at large. In the absence of written candidates objecting, neither candidate will be on the ballot. Both will automatically be declared winners.
As such, only voters in District 4 will head to the polls on Tuesday, located at the Berlin Police Department at 129 Decatur Street.
Burrell is drawing on his life experiences and dedication to protecting Berlin as he contemplates another term.
“I would not support any (development) that I feel threatened (Berlin). I have a vision and this understanding (for the city),” he said. “My motives for running for the Berlin City Council District 4 headquarters are not selfish. I sit here ready to give of myself to ensure the welfare and love of our city.
Weeg said his background as an IT developer would be a boon to the board.
“I’m a nerd. I know for a fact that on day one, I can bring a tech savvy that will go around most people just because of the careers I’ve been in. I can teach people how to use these technologies to our advantage,” he said. . “That’s a key characteristic of someone who is going to be a board member, not just having ideas, but coming up with a plan to bring them to fruition and see them through.”
Green is eager to be accessible to his constituents.
“As a city councilor – I have it on my signs – I’m informed, accessible and engaged,” Green said. Berlin is small enough that anyone can call me or approach me and I will listen to their concerns. We should be available.
Knerr will draw on his expertise and track record to carry out the projects as he assesses his goals for his next term.
“The time I’ve dedicated to this area, the community and the boards I’ve been involved with has given me a summary of skills that allow me to do this job quite effectively,” Knerr said.
There are still two deadlines before the elections.
Today, Thursday, is the deadline for mailing in absentee ballots and tomorrow, Friday, is the deadline for submitting absentee requests in person.
Polling stations open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will remain open until 7 p.m.