Aberdeen's first election under a new city form of government May 5 finds Town Commissioners George J. Englesson and Ruth Elliott squaring off in the race for mayor and eight hopefuls vying for two city council seats. The deadline to file for the race was Friday.
Englesson has been mayor since 1987, an honorary title awarded by the five-member board of commissioners. Elliott has been on the board since 1982.
Under the new Aberdeen city charter, approved last December as the community neared its 100th birthday this year, the mayor will have limited executive powers. Among them: the right to propose the budgetand to appoint and dismiss department heads.