Councilman Michael Kots
Councilman Michael Kots
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Carroll City Councilman Michael Kots Tuesday won election to the Ward 1 seat he assumed by appointment following the election of its previous occupant, Adam Schweers, as mayor.

Kots, 44, an apprentice with Pat’s Electric, and a former longtime Army National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan, ran unopposed on the ballot. He received 192 votes with 15 votes going to a scattering of write-in candidates.

“I’m very pleased,” Kots said Tuesday night. “I’m very excited for the process.”

Kots and his supporters strategically placed campaign yard signs. Although he represents Ward 1, Kots planted the signs in highly visible spots all over Carroll, leading many to conclude he had far more than the 25 signs he did.

“Well, people drive all around town,” Kots said.

Schweers was elected mayor in November 2011, midway through his first four-year term on the council.

The council voted unanimously in late January to appoint Kots in lieu of a special election. City Clerk Laura Schaefer handled the swearing-in of Kots, who was immediately seated and moments later cast votes on the consent agenda and other council matters.

It was widely expected that the Ward 1 council seat would be on the ballot Nov. 6 for the general election in a presidential year. But when Kots and other council members unanimously set an Aug. 7 vote on the continuation of Carroll’s local-option sales tax, it triggered the change for Kots. State code requires appointed elected officials to face voters on the next available ballot.

Kots will face re-election in November 2013. He plans to run for the Ward 1 seat at that point.

“As of right now, I sure do,” Kots said.

Council members in Carroll serve four-year terms and mayors two-year stints.

Kots said one of his priorities in the next year is development of an off-street trails system in Carroll.