Incumbent Kuna Mayor Joe Stear has filed for reelection, and he likely won’t face much of a challenge — he will be running unopposed.

A race for two open Kuna City Council seats may prove more interesting. Five candidates, including two incumbents, filed for election to the city council.

Candidate filings closed on Friday.

Stear, a former city councilman, was elected mayor in 2015, and his four-year term expires in 2020. Stear, speaking with the Kuna Melba News by phone, welcomed the chance to focus on his mayoral duties, rather than campaigning for another term.

“It’s good, at least for now, not to have that distraction,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard here the last four years. I can keep working on the things we’ve been building on.”

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Stear said he will continue to focus on mitigating problems caused by growth, and protecting Kuna residents’ property rights. In the short term, he’s hoping to strengthen the city’s relationship with Ada County Commissioners.

“It’s important, now more than ever, to figure out what we can do to make the growth a little less impactful on the citizenry,” he said.

In the city council race, incumbent councilmembers Briana Buban-Vonder Haar and Greg McPherson hope to win another four years.

Buban-Vonder Haar, the City Council president, was first elected in 2011. McPherson is vying for his second term.

The incumbents will face three challengers: Mikey Losh, Chris Bruce and Ramona Martin. The two candidates with the most votes of the five will fill the seats.

Reporter Ryan Suppe can be reached at 208-922-3008. Follow him on Twitter: @salsuppe.

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