Five consider running for city council

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BELOIT - Five potential candidates for Beloit City Council have picked up packets to possibly run for the city's highest office, according to the City of Beloit Clerk-Treasurer's Office.

According to Clerk Lori Stottler, incumbents Regina Dunkin, Kevin Leavy and Mark Preuschl have picked up council materials, along with possible challengers Brittany Keyes, Paul Martin and Markese Terrell.

Dunkin is the incumbent council president, the first black woman president in the city's history, and works at the Beloit Health System as the community relations coordinator.

Preuschl has served since 2015 and is an avid photographer and Beloit native.

Four seats on the city council will be up for election on April 7. Potential candidates can start circulating petitions to get voter signatures on Dec. 1. Candidate papers must be filed with the city clerk/treasurer's office by Jan. 7.

Longtime councilor and Rock County Board member Kevin Leavy has confirmed he's running again in April. Councilor Beth Jacobsen announced earlier this month she will not seek re-election.

Keyes and Martin have both sought office before, unsuccessfully. Keyes attempted to run against incumbent Assembly District 31 Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, in 2018 and Martin ran for a council seat last year but did not garner enough votes to win office. Keyes is a physical therapist with Beloit Health System and Martin is a retired City of Beloit firefighter.

Terrell is a community activist and has experience with the Community Action Mentoring Program, working as a volunteer with at-risk high school youth. In March, Terrell was named Volunteer of the Month by the Beloit Daily News.

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