Two candidates in city council runoff election
BLACKFOOT — Two candidates for Blackfoot City Council will face off in a runoff election Tuesday after no candidate received a majority of the vote in the November election.
Butch Hulse, who received 49.7 percent of the vote in the November election, and Clair L. Broadhead, who received 37.4 percent of the vote, are running for Seat 4 on the city council. A third candidate received 13 percent of the vote.
The seat is currently held by Robert Layton, who did not seek re-election.
Hulse has been heavily involved in the community for the past 10 years and said he would like to be involved with the city government. He said he feels as if he could make a difference as a councilman.
"I have leadership ability and I can get things done," Hulse said.
Hulse said he wants to work to bring in new businesses that will support existing businesses, resulting in an improved local economy with an increased tax base to maintain services and lower costs.
Broadhead has owned and operated a construction company in Blackfoot for 36 years. He is seeking election to the city council as a way to serve the community that has supported him and his business.
"I've ran a successful business," Broadhead said. "I take pride in all I do. I work hard."
If elected Broadhead said he will make himself accessible to the public and he will work with the various department heads to get a better understanding of how things work before making decisions as a councilman.
Precincts 1, 2 and 3 vote at Mountain View Middle School; precinct 4 votes at Stalker Elementary, precinct 5 votes at Ridgecrest Elementary and precinct 6 votes at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday.