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Koch throws his hat in the ring for another Common Council term
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MONROE - Ward 5 Alderman Charles Koch will seek another term.

Koch made his announcement Monday, and said he has picked up his nomination papers.

Koch said the council's failed attempt to hire a city administrator pushed him to run for another term.

"We got hung upon this administrator thing, and I disapproved of that (not hiring one)," he said. "I decided to stick around and get it done yet."

Koch has been a city alderman for a total of 12 years, split between an eight-year span and his recent four years.

Ward 5 comprises south central Monroe.

Before making his decision Koch spoke with Mayor Ron Marsh, with a mayoral candidate, and with a "few aldermen" who support him, he said.

"I like to see things get done like they should be done," he said. "And I want to give back to the city. I've enjoyed being an alderman, frustrations and all."

Koch has until Jan. 5 to return his nomination papers with 20 signatures.

In Ward 7, incumbent Thurston Hanson is being challenged by Louis Armstrong, his next-door neighbor.

The position of Mayor has two candidates so far.

Tyler Schultz will be up against former Mayor Bill Ross who announced his decision to run Nov. 30. Ross served as mayor from 1994 to 2006.

Mayor Ron Marsh has not announced his run for a third term. Marsh won his first term in 2006 as a write in candidate, and his second term unchallenged in 2008.

Aldermen Neal Hunter (Ward 1), Mark Coplien (Ward 3) and Kent Kallembach (Ward 9) have not yet announced their decisions to run again.

All incumbents are required to submit non-candidacy papers by Dec. 28, if they do not intend to run for re-election.