Races develop for Nowthen mayor and council

by Kelly Johnson

Staff Writer

Filings have closed and Nowthen voters will have three candidates to choose from for mayor and five for the two council seats up for grabs.

Mayoral candidates include Matt Lendt, 5436 199th Ave. N.W.; Randy Bettinger, 5550 210th Ave. N.W.; and incumbent Mayor Bill Schulz, 18509 Baugh St. The mayor’s term is four years.

Candidates for the two four-year council seats include Dale Gene Ames, 22176 Sugar Bush Road N.W.; Robert Mahutga, 7560 Viking Blvd. N.W.; Mary Rainville, 6633 191st Ave. N.W.; Paul Reighard, 18711 Garnet St. N.W.; and Jim Scheffler, 20323 St. Francis Blvd.

Incumbent Councilmember Laurie Olmon has previously said she will not seek re-election and incumbent Orval Leistico did not file for office.