Leann Jacobsen will not run for reelection to the Spencer City Council.
Jacobsen, who has represented Ward 4 since 2017, announced her decision Friday and spoke about her reasoning at Monday’s council meeting.
“It was not an easy decision,” she said. “There seems to be a chapter for everything in our life and I’m looking forward to the next chapter, though I’m not sure what it’s going to be.”
Jacobsen asked that women consider running for Spencer City Council in the election coming up in November.
“It has been an unbelievable honor and privilege to serve the people of Ward 4 and the city,” she said. “With all the tremendous respect to my colleagues on this council, the men who have given so much of their time and service to our community, this is my plea: To reach out to women to run for office.”
Jacobsen said women “bring a different perspective” and “different life experiences” to the council.
“I’m sure all of you know incredible women,” she said. “If you are an incredible woman, if you know an incredible woman, invite them to run because women need to be invited. I was asked. I don’t think I would have come up with it on my own, but I was asked. And so let’s ask women, let’s get them to the table because our city will be so much stronger for the diversity. And our government should look like the people it represents – and last I checked, we had some women in town.”
Wards two, three and four will be on the ballot.
Ward 3 was left vacant when Steve Bomgaars announced his resignation due to a move outside the ward.
Voters will also choose a mayor at the ballot box this year.
Papers for those interested in running for office need to be delivered to the city clerk’s office by September 19.
Orrison announces reelection bid
Ward 2 City Councilman Bill Orrison announced at the meeting that he will run for reelection, despite having said in the past that he would not.
“There’s been so many exciting things going on in the last couple of years and I just want to stay around and see that that happens,” Orrison said. “So, I’ve taken out papers and I’m in the process of getting signatures.”
Orrison was first appointed in 2014.