Aside from Mayor Art Ward and the city councilors who showed up, there were only two announced municipal candidates in attendance at tonight's City Council meeting.
And one of them took the occasion to pull out of the race.
Independent Mark Blaschke, who lost badly two years in a 2nd District bid, said health concerns forced him to pull out this time around.
The only other contender to make an appearance was Kate Matthews, a Democrat aiming for a 3rd District seat.
Members of both parties are wondering what's happened to Ken Johnson, the Republican running for mayor. He hasn't been seen in weeks at City Hall.
Among possible candidates, Democrat Tom Ragaini was there tonight. He might run for a council seat.
But it sure doesn't look like an election year yet.
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