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Wartburg Junior: "I'm excited to run for Mayor"

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

The City of Waverly is anticipating an interesting mayoral race after Bob Brunkhorst announced he will not be running for re-election.

Brunkhorst's term expires in January of 2014.

City Administrator Phil Jones said no one has filed formal paperwork for the position, but he expects at least three people will be on the ballot.

"There's still some time for people who may want to explore being a candidate or get their name on the ballot to get that paperwork turned in," he said.

Jones said a candidate must obtain 33 signatures by September 19th in order to ensure his or her name is on the ballot.

Jacob Martin has spent the past few weeks meeting constituents and obtaining those signatures.

Martin is a 20-year old Wartburg student who said he's excited to run for Mayor.

"I think really what it comes down to is the ideas that a person has and the respect that they're willing to give, and I'm definitely willing to give that respect. I know that there are a lot of people in town that are older than me that may have more experience here, but I definitely have the passion that I think it's going to take to be the Mayor of Waverly, and I really want to try," he said.

The Pella native is eligible to run for office according to guidelines set forth by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.

According to the guidelines, an eligible elector must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Iowa and at least 18-years old.

Additionally, the Secretary of State's Office states an eligible elector may not be a convicted felon, be currently judged incompetent to vote by a court, and claim the right to vote in any other place.

Martin said the biggest challenge for him has been convincing people he is serious about running for the position.

"The position of mayor is designed to work around a full-time job, and so that's an important thing to remember. I'm a full-time student, and I really don't see that as being anything more or less than working a full-time job," said Martin who plans to launch a web site for his campaign later this week.

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