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Dan Allen working to get back on Mitchell City Council

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Former Mitchell City Councilman Dan Allen is attempting a comeback.

Allen, 54, has picked up the paperwork needed to circulate a petition to get on the ballot for the June 3 election as a candidate for City Council from Ward 3, according to Cindy Roth, the city's deputy finance officer.

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Allen was appointed to the council to represent Ward 2 in May 2006, but resigned in January because he moved from Ward 2 to Ward 3, which is located in northeast Mitchell. Calls made to Allen on Tuesday were not immediately returned.

On Monday night, Ward 3 Councilman Phil Carlson announced plans to resign next month so he can accept a position as the attorney for the Consumer Protection Division of the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

Carlson, 34, currently works as a defense attorney for Tinan, Smith and Bucher, a law firm in Mitchell. He plans to leave his current job April 18 and start with the Attorney General's Office on April 24. His last council meeting will be April 21.

Carlson's new position will require a move to Pierre. Carlson has represented Ward 3, located in northeast Mitchell, since July 2011.

If only one person files to run for Carlson's seat, Mayor Ken Tracy said he will most likely appoint that person to serve the remainder Carlson's current term, which ends in July. Without opposition, that person would then be automatically elected to serve the next three-year term.

Council members unopposed in elections are automatically elected and their names do not appear on the ballot.

If more than one person files, the seat will stay vacant until after the election, Tracy said.

Ward 4 Councilwoman Susan Tjarks has already filed a petition to get on the ballot, and Ward 1 Councilman Steve Rice and Ward 2 Councilman Dave Tronnes are still circulating their own petitions.

Mitchell has an eight-member council, with each ward having two council members who serve three-year terms.

Candidates need to collect 50 signatures from registered voters in their ward in order to get on the ballot.

The deadline to file petitions for the June 3 election is at 5 p.m. March 25.

There are no other positions in the city's government up for election, but voters will decide the fate of an ordinance that would allow the sale of wine on downtown sidewalks.

The voter-registration deadline for the June 3 election is May 19.

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