Only incumbents filing for Scott City election so far

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

With less than one week left to file in Scott City's April municipal election only incumbents have filed for the five seats up for grabs.

The filing deadline is at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

This April, Scott City voters will elect council members in wards 1 through 4, with two seats up for election in Ward 2. In a normal year only four seats would be up for election, but a Ward 2 seat that was vacated midterm is also up for election this year.

Most of the filing for seats was done prior to the new year. Incumbents in each of the seats are running for re-election, so far uncontested.

Bill Schwartz has filed for his seat in Ward 1 for a two-year term. Schwartz has served one full term on the council so far. The 26-year Scott City resident said his reason for filing is simple -- "I feel like that's where I need to be," he said.

Schwartz said he feels the current council works well internally and with city personnel. If he's elected, one of his priorities is getting the Ramsey Creek Bridge project off the ground.

Ward 2 incumbent Jim McCarty has filed but isn't sure whether he'll keep his name on the ballot. McCarty is running for a two-year term after winning a one-year term last April.

His feelings of uncertainty come from his lack of time living in Scott City, where he has only been a resident for about two years. He said he feels others who have lived in the city longer have a better knowledge of ongoing issues and that someone with more residency may be better cut out to serve in the seat.

In that time, though, McCarty has integrated himself into the community as owner of the Soups and Sweets cafe.

Ron Worl, running for a two-year term in Ward 4, is also relatively new to Scott City, having lived in town for about seven years. Worl also filled a vacant council seat and was re-elected last April, giving him about 18 months of council experience.

Worl, now retired, feels his management experience from working in Colorado before coming to Missouri can help him on the council. But his main reason for running is to be a people's advocate.

He also said having not lived in Scott City for long can work to his advantage.

"Not knowing everybody here, I'm not subjected to being a puppet of anybody," said Worl.

Kirk Lewis will run for re-election in Ward 3 for a two-year term. Lewis has been on the council only about six months, having also been appointed to a vacant seat, and wants to continue the experience.

"I like what I'm doing," said Lewis. "I feel like I'm part of the city and contributing something to the city."

Lewis said his main priority would be to try and attract new business to the city.

Ward 2 incumbent John Crail has also filed for re-election to a one-year term. He was also appointed to his seat and one election to a one-year term last year.

Calls to Crail's home were not returned Tuesday.

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