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Fourth Mitchell mayor candidate enters race

A fresh face has entered Mitchell's mayoral race. Steven M. Larson has entered the June mayor's race, joining three other candidates on the ballot. Larson, 28, said he's lived in Mitchell since he was in third grade. Now working at Mitchell-based...

A fresh face has entered Mitchell's mayoral race.

Steven M. Larson has entered the June mayor's race, joining three other candidates on the ballot.

Larson, 28, said he's lived in Mitchell since he was in third grade. Now working at Mitchell-based Larson Data Communications, he's hoping to bring a forward-thinking mindset to the mayor's seat.

"The city, in my opinion, seems to lack a plan going forward," Larson told The Daily Republic. "It seems like we're always reacting to things instead of being proactive in dealing with them."

Larson said his interest in running for the mayor's seat was sparked by the 2015 election, a race that featured two candidates. That's compared to the six candidates who ran in 2012.

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Larson, who envisions the mayor's role as a full-time position, has similar priorities as most municipal election candidates. He's eyeing both infrastructure improvements and the Lake Mitchell project, but he wants to make decisions based on foresight rather than hindsight.

Larson joins Mitchell City Councilman Mel Olson, Mitchell Planning Commissioner Bob Everson and Tara Volesky on the ballot. The deadline to file petitions is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The municipal election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 5.

As of Monday at 2:30 p.m., only the Ward 1 and Ward 2 City Council races are set to be contested. In the other races, Councilmen Marty Barington and Jeff Smith are on track for re-election due to no opposition.

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Mitchell City Hall. (Republic file photo)

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