Johnson will not seek reelection as city’s mayor
Tecumseh Mayor Richard Johnson announced at the end of the March 3 City Council meeting that he would not be seeking reelection as mayor in the upcoming general election scheduled on November 4.Johnson was first elected to city council as a write-in candiate in 2007. He was elected for another two year term in 2009, but stepped down before his term was over to run for mayor in 2010. He won the election as mayor and will finish his second term this coming November.“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the community that is Tecumseh, both as a council member, then as Mayor,” Johnson said in a prepared statement. He said it was “fulfilling working with council” and “personally rewarding” working with the City Manager Kevin Welch and city staff. Council-man Jack Baker followed Johnson’s announcement that he will seek the mayor’s seat at the upcoming general election. Baker has been a long-time member of council serving from 1990 to 1998. From 1994 to 1998, he was elected and served as mayor.Baker has continued to serve on council since his reelection in 2006. He has also served as mayor pro tem. Candidates who receive the highest number of votes in each council election are named mayor pro tem per city charter, however, the candidate has the option to decline the position, in which case it would be filled by an appointment and vote of council.Petitions for the mayoral election are available from City Clerk Mary Feight. Deadline for filing petitions is April 22 at 4 p.m. A minimum number of 35 signatures is required.