The 2007 elections in Portage are beginning to take shape.
Moderate Republican mayor Peter Strazdas plans to run for reelection.
Longtime moderate-conservative city councilman Ted Vliek has announced that he plans to retire.
Conservative Margaret O'Brien and moderate Larry DeShazor have not yet announced whether they plan to run for reelection. Both may be interested in running for the seat of State Representative Jack Hoogendyk, who will be term-limited in 2008. DeShazor was defeated in a primary challenge to Jack in 2006.