The seats of two of Ketchum’s longest-serving council members, Jim Slanetz and Michael David, are up for re-election this fall. Both have said they plan to run again.

Both elected in May 2012, Slanetz and David are familiar faces in Ketchum. Slanetz was a longtime business owner in the city and David works a variety of jobs, including journalist for a local website.

As of Tuesday, two challengers had announced their candidacies: Jennifer Smith and Mickey Garcia.

Smith, a former longtime city employee, announced her intention to run for office on Monday. She is executive director of the nonprofit Sawtooth Botanical Garden, 4 miles south of Ketchum.

Garcia’s filing for candidacy should come as no surprise to many Ketchum residents—he began running for office in 2001 and this will mark his 14th run for public office in Blaine County, or so he estimates. He is a retired veteran and longtime observant and critic of local governments.

The filing period for candidates closes on Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., with all filings going through the City Clerk.

As a legislative body of the city government, the City Council approves the annual budget and development projects, sets policies and zoning and land-use designations throughout the city, and creates, revises or repeals ordinances.

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