Riddle hanging it up as mayor

■ Four members are leaving Princeton’s school board

There will be a new face to the local political scene come January.

Mayor Jeremy Riddle did not file for re-election by the Tuesday, Aug. 14 filing deadline.

Jeremy Riddle

And on the Princeton School District side, four school board members will not seek re-election in November.

Riddle, who owns the Northwoods Animal Hospital in Princeton, says his business is calling him away from his post on the city council.

“The clinic is going good and I’m having trouble keeping up,” Riddle said.

“It’s a good problem to have,” he said.

It’s also a bad problem for Riddle supporters.

“It was a very hard decision,” Riddle said of the decision not to seek re-election after six years at the city’s top elected position.

He said it’s been a pleasure to work with his fellow council members and a good city staff.

“But it’s time to focus on my business,” he said.

It appears that current Princeton City Council member Paul Whitcomb will take over as mayor where Riddle leaves off.

Whitcomb was the only candidate to file for the mayor position. Whitcomb was originally elected to the city council in 1998 and began his service in 1999.

He was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. Whitcomb has two years remaining on his city council term. The city council will have to appoint a successor to Whitcomb’s seat if he becomes mayor.

City council incumbents Dick Dobson and Victoria Hallin will not be challenged in the upcoming election.

The Princeton School Board will see a mass exodus come January.

Board chair Kathy Kraft, Dennis Dehn, Jim Gibbs and Erin Johnson did not file for re-election. Their departures come after board members Suzie Spain and Karen Metcalf resigned from the board in late 2011.

Jeremy Miller, who the school board selected to fill Spain’s term, was the only incumbent to filed for re-election. Erin Johnson was chosen by the board to fill Metcalf’s seat, but chose to not seek re-election.

Joining Miller on the ballot are Chad Young, Chuck Nagle and former school board member Howard Vaillancourt.

That makes four candidates for the five seats.

The top write-in candidate will be elected to the fifth seat.