The city of Hailey will hold an election on Nov. 5 to elect two City Council members and a new mayor.

Veteran City Councilwoman and current Chairwoman Martha Burke is running uncontested to take the seat of Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, who is not seeking another term.

The period for filing for candidacy ended Friday.

City Council incumbent Jeff Engelhardt will run to keep Seat 3 on the council against challenger Sam Linnet, an attorney and Hailey Planning and Zoning commissioner.

Linnet took Engelhardt’s seat on the P&Z when Engelhardt was appointed to the council by Haemmerle.

City Council incumbent Pat Cooley will run against challenger Juan Martinez for Seat 4.

Cooley works as the Water Division supervisor for the city of Ketchum. Martinez works for the Blaine County Recreation District and is a coach for the Blaine County School District.

The Mountain Express will hold a free Pizza and Politics forum prior to the election to provide the public with an opportunity to get to know the candidates.

Bellevue elections

Three City Council seats are up for election in Bellevue, three two-year-term seats and one one-year-term seat. According to Bellevue City Clerk Marian Edwards, three candidates have filed their candidacy for the two-year term seats.

Councilman Shaun Mahoney and Councilwoman Kathryn Goldman will run to retain their seats, and a new candidate, Chris Johnson, is the third candidate running for the third two-year-term seat.

Write-in candidates have until Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. to file their declaration with the city clerk indicating the office and term for which they are running and affirming their qualifications to hold office, if elected. Declarations of intent are available at Bellevue City Hall and on the city’s website at

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