Six candidates are now contesting the four Bellevue City Council seats up for election this year.

Rob Klug, a history teacher at Bellevue West High School, has filed for the council’s at-large seat being vacated by two-term incumbent Carol Blood. He will challenge Jack Bangert for the seat. Both are newcomers.

Ward I City Councilman Steve Carmichael has filed for re-election to the seat he won in 2013 when a special election was held to replace Scott Houghtaling.

Carmichael is being challenged by Thomas Burns, a clerk with the Douglas County Public Defender’s Office.

Incumbent City Council members Paul Cook (Ward 3) and Don Preister (Ward 5) also have filed for re-election. Neither has a challenger.

No new filings have occurred on the county level in the past week.

County Commissioner first-term incumbent Brenda Carlisle faces a Republican primary challenge in District 4 from real estate agent Deb Carlson. District 1 Commissioner Don Kelly, a Republican, and District 3 Commissioner Tom Richards, a Democrat, have both filed for re-election and have yet to attract challengers.

Incumbents of any office have until Feb. 16 to file for re-election. They must meet that deadline even if the office they seek is not the office they hold. Challengers have until March 1 to file.

The primary election is May 10 and the general election Nov. 8.

April 22 is the last day for voter registration forms to be delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering.

May 2 at 6 p.m. is the last day for in-person voter registration.

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