City Councilman Joe Semifero absent on election filing deadline day, four vie for open seats

Today was the filing deadline for Dexter City Council elections coming up next November.

While four candidates threw (or re-threw) their hats into the ring for three open positions on the newly constituted governing body that was created out of the former village council after voters elected Dexter to become a city, the absence of one name was notable as the 4 p.m. deadline came and went.

Councilman Joe Semifero was not among the names on the petitions filed at the city offices by then, which included incumbents James Smith and Ray Tell, as well as newcomers Peter Meloche and Zach Michels.

Semifero moved to Dexter in 2001 and was elected to council the following year. He’s held his position in Dexter government ever since, until the end of his current term.

“I’ve been on council for 13 years … it’s just a good time right now with all of the things in place — the road plan and city hood,” Semifero said during a brief phone interview today. It’s a good time for someone new to get involved in his stead, he added.

“There are still big things to do,” he said. “We’re talking about facilities (city hall and fire department) and some other big things like that, but we’ve accomplished a lot in the past 15 years and the city is in really great shape financially.”

Mayor Shawn Keough and Council Members Jim Carson, Donna Fisher, and Julie Knight are all sitting members of the city council until their terms expire in 2017.

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