Bunten and Preisner have worked with one another as city government officials for nearly four years.
Bunten was elected mayor in the spring 2005 election. Preisner became city council representative for District 8 in 2003.
Both men said they will not let the race change their professional relationship while on the council together. Bunten said he is running on a safety platform, while Preisner will try to implement the strong city council form of government the people voted on.