Tinnes withdraws from city council race

The Keota City Council race has been unexpectedly reset after one of its main contenders announced his withdrawal. Jim Tinnes confirmed to the Keota Eagle on Friday, Oct. 25 that he is withdrawing as a candidate for Keota City Council. Tinnes said the only reason for his withdrawal is because he recently learned he cannot simultaneously serve on the city council and contract with the city to remove snow. Tinnes currently handles snow removal for Keota during the winter through his business, Jim Tinnes Trucking.

“I think what I’m going to have to do is I’m going to have to pull off the election. I really hate to do it, but I don’t want to leave the city in the bind of no way of moving their snow,” Tinnes said. “They (local attorneys) said I can’t draw two salaries from the city at once,” he added.

If Tinnes chose to stay in the race for city council and was elected, he would have to stop pushing snow for the city. In that case, Tinnes said, the city would have to contract with another individual, likely from outside Keota, to have snow removed. He believes that it would be much more costly for the City of Keota to do that.

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