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Gladstone to hold special election Nov. 2

Gladstone will hold a special election on Nov. 2 to fill the spot of a former City Council member who resigned in July.

A seat on council has been vacant since Denny Enger officially resigned.

Enger was employed with the city's public works and maintenance department for about a year and had been appointed to fill a vacancy on the council about eight years ago, he said, according to a previous Press article.

But, according to North Dakota Century Code, a city employee cannot also be in public office.

Enger chose to keep his city job and a search for a new face to fill the spot ensued.

Gladstone City Auditor Dannielle Hanson said Enger's position has been vacant since he resigned and whoever is chosen to fill it, would serve a three-year term.

The special election ballot will contain names of two candidates -- Erin McGahuey and Doug Brost.

McGahuey, a mother of four who moved to the area in September 2009 with her husband, said after attending City Council meetings since January, she chose to run as she feels the council could "use a fresh view."

"I've done a lot of different things in my life, I've seen a lot of different viewpoints and I think I have something to offer," McGahuey said, adding her loyalties lie with Gladstone. "I have no other interests other than what's good for the town."

McGahuey, who was a homeowner's association president for three to four years, said she adores Gladstone with its safe, neighborly, small-town demeanor.

McGahuey considers herself fiscally conservative and a fan of small government.

"I don't think we need to be telling people how to live," she said. "I'd like to see the town prosper and utilize what it has."

McGahuey, who lives on the town's east end, said if other residents so desired, she would like to have the roads on Gladstone's west end paved along with extending the sewer to the last few lots.

"I want to see whatever the people of the town want," McGahuey said.

If elected, McGahuey also hopes to improve the town's public notice procedures.

"Unless you happen to drive by the community building, you really don't know what's going on," she said.

Multiple calls to Brost went unreturned Monday.