Some health issues have forced Mills County Attorney Marci McClellan to terminate her re-election campaign.
McClellan formally withdrew from the Nov. 2 general election in a letter submitted to Mills County Auditor and Election Commissioner Carol Robertson on Aug. 20.
The incumbent Republican would have been unopposed in the general election because Mills County Democrats failed to come up with a challenger in the June primary election.
McClellan withdrew her name in time for the Mills County Republican Party to convene and select a new candidate. Their choice is Eric Hansen, who currently serves as McClellan’s assistant county attorney.
In a telephone interview last week, McClellan said the decision to pull out of the election was difficult, but was made in the best interest of Mills County residents.
Hansen is currently a resident of Council Bluffs and will be required to take up residency in Mills County should he be elected to office. He can be elected as a non-resident, but must be living in the county by the time he he’s administered his oath of office in early January.
Hansen is one of three candidates given consideration by the Republican Party as McClellan’s replacement.
He holds a law degree from Creighton University and worked in private practice for six years before becoming McClellan’s full-time assistant attorney in 2005.