Two people filed by the Feb. 1 deadline to seek the Ward 2 Fallon City Council seat currently held by Robert “Bob” Erickson, who is termed out.
Jack Beach, a retired educator, and Karla Kent, a Fallon businesswoman, will face each other in the general election June 11. Ward 2 consists of southwest Fallon and is bound to the north by Williams Avenue and Center Street and to the east by Maine Street.
Current Mayor Ken Tedford filed for re-election, and he will run unopposed.
Beach was a longtime teacher, coach and then athletic director at Churchill County High School where he taught math. He was a member of the first Greenwave Hall of Fame in 2017. He was also a teacher and administrator for Logos Academy.
Kent, the owner of Kent’s Supply in Fallon, is the great-great-granddaughter of Ira Kent, who founded the business. She became company president in 1984, and 12 years later, she became sole owner.
Tedford, as the city’s chief executive officer, is responsible for the day-to-day operation and oversight of Fallon’s government and its enterprises. The Fallon native has served as mayor since 1995 and was on the City Council for eight years prior to being elected to the top position. He is owner of Tedford Tire and Auto Service, a family-owned auto shop that has been serving Churchill County since 1947.
Erickson was a councilman from 1983-87, and then he was elected mayor for two four-year terms in 1987 and 1991. In his second time on City Council, Erickson is finishing his third term and also served a mayor pro tem. Erickson is a former banker and owner of Fallon Theatres.