Allen Robbins

Councilmembers Blake Buchanan and Allen Robbins at the Fate City Council meeting on Monday.

Fate voters will be seeing two contested city council races on their May 4 Uniform Election ballots later this year.

Filing deadlines for candidates ended last week on Feb. 15. 

Joe Burger, former councilman for Place 4 on the Fate City Council, is challenging incumbent Lorne Megyesi for mayorship.

Burger announced earlier this month that he would be running for mayor, while Megyesi announced his bid for re-election through a Monday press release.

John Brandt and John Hamilton have also submitted candidate applications to serve on Place 6 on the council, with incumbent Steve Herrmann not seeking another term.

Brandt’s campaign website, without too much detail, stated that his platforms are centered around serving the community.

Hamilton ran for a spot on the city council during last year’s General Election, but lost to  Councilwoman Tamara Fisher, Place 1.

Fisher won the race with 320 votes, compared to Hamilton’s 192. Rick Donaldson, who also ran for the council seat, got 78 of the votes.

Fate is under an “at large” voting system, meaning that council seats are not bound to specific voting districts.

Allen Robbins, the only person who filed to run for Place 4, got an early start on Monday, when the Fate City Council appointed him to serve out the remainder of Burger’s term.

Per the city charter, Burger had to resign from his council position in order to run for mayor despite already nearing the end of his three-year term.

Because Burger still has time left in his term, the council was bound by the charter to fill his vacancy within 30 days.

Councilmembers voted 6-0 to appoint Robbins to Burger’s former seat, with Mayor Pro Tem David Billings making the motion.

Robbins was sworn in immediately after the council’s decision on the matter.

Megyesi said Robbins was a logical choice, as he will be the only person on the ballot for Place 4 in the May election.

“We’re getting him onto the council so that he can get a start in understanding what goes on here,” Megyesi said.

Robbins has served on the city’s planning and zoning commission for about four years and believes his experience has helped prepared him to serve on the council.

The downtown revitalization project, Robbins said, is high among his list of priorities along with other city efforts to boost the local economy.

“It’s all about growing Fate responsibly and making the right decisions to invite people to invest with us in our community,” he added. .

The 2019 Uniform Election ballot for Fate residents will also include 11 charter amendment proposals – three of which have already caused some strong discourse between councilmembers. Read about the proposed amendments online, https://bit.ly/2Scsw0i.

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