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MASON CITY — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold a special election Sept. 20 to fill the at-large council seat that became open with the July 15 death of Alex Kuhn.

“None of us want to do this,” said Councilman John Lee. “It’s something we have to do. Someone will be filling some shoes that will be hard to fill.”

Joshua Masson, who attended the meeting, said he intends to run for the open seat. Masson, a systems analyst at Curries, ran for the Third Ward council seat last year and was defeated by Brett Schoneman.

On Monday, former Councilman Max Weaver and businessman Andy O’Brien both said they intend to run.

Candidates can start filing nomination papers now, Cerro Gordo County Auditor Ken Kline said earlier in the day. Forms are available at the auditor’s office and on the county’s website.

Kline said only 27 signatures are required on nomination forms because of low voter turnout last November when Kuhn ran unopposed for re-election.

For a special election, the law requires candidates to secure signatures from 2 percent of the turnout in the last regular election for that seat.

“Kuhn got 1,249 votes and there were 53 write-ins, for a total of 1,302 votes,” said Kline. “Two percent of that, rounded up, is 27 votes.”

The turnout last November was the lowest since 1991.

“I would anticipate a much higher turnout in the special election,” said Kline.

The filing deadline is Friday, Aug. 26.

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