The City of Mesquite through City Clerk Tracy Beck announced on Friday, March 18, 2022, that the filing for the candidacy of city positions up for election this year was officially closed at 5:00 pm.
Earlier at the very beginning of the month, Beck announced three positions open for elections this year with all three being City Council seats.
The three seats for the City Council available this year are:
Seat #1 – Sandra Ramaker (Incumbent)
Seat #3 – George Gault (Incumbent)
Seat #4 – Karen Dutkowski (Incumbent)
For Seat #1, Sandra Ramaker reapplied for candidacy to run again for the position she has filled faithfully for the last four years. At about 4:00 pm on March 16th, Ramaker announced she had reapplied on social media.
Only one other person filed for candidacy for this position. Real estate mogul Karen Fielding is running again for the city council. She has not been able to win in the past couple of elections that she has run. She ran in 2018 when Annie Black won Mesquite City Council Seat #4. She then ran again in 2020, but current City Councilman Wes Boger won City Council Seat #5.
For Seat #3, George Gault officially retired and did not reapply for candidacy this year. The seat will be open to a new City Councilperson. Three people have applied for the seat: Debra Salo, Pattie Gallo, and Joey Bowler.
There is not much about Debra Salo. However, Pattie Gallo has been pretty active within the community and is known for doing outstanding service and volunteer work, especially with the Animal Shelter. Joey Bowler is one of the local legends as he has worked with the local youth for years and just won the state championship as the coach of the Virgin Valley High School Girls Flag Football team. No matter what Seat #3 will see a new face for the City Council.
Seat #4 has Karent Dutkowski running again for the position that she has fulfilled really well in the last four years. She will be running against three other candidates; Paul Wanlass, Kim Walters, and Cathy Schiring.
Paul Wanless is a realtor and realty consultant but has been very active within the community for service. He has been consistent with community service his whole life. Kim Walters is best known for her work for Veterans, especially with the Wounded Warrior Project and local vets. She has been active in community service as well. Cathy Schiring does not have a lot of information about her.