- Krispy Kreme coming to Cape Girardeau (12/14/17)1
- Feds ask judge to impose $6.5 million punishment for Cape surgeon (12/7/17)9
- Light and music show: Jackson family goes high-tech with Christmas display (12/11/17)
- Former Wimpy's Drive-In owner Freeman Lewis dies (12/9/17)2
- Makeover at the movies: Transformation complete inside Cape theater (12/8/17)4
- Jury convicts Scott City man who confessed to murder; girlfriend's testimony corroborates confession (12/9/17)
- Cape schools to get two new principals, assistant superintendent (12/13/17)1
- Two Cape County residents, including former Jackson police officer, face burglary charges in Colorado (12/12/17)
- Pedestrian struck on Broadway (12/11/17)4
- Sugarfire Cape barbecue restaurant to open June 2018 (12/7/17)
Voting for incumbents
As it happens from time to time, only incumbents are seeking to fill three vacancies on the Cape Girardeau City Council. But an election will be held anyway. Other governmental bodies, including school boards, have been exempted from holding elections when there are no races. Extending that option to cities would be just as sensible.
Another aspect of Cape Girardeau's council races could stand a closer look: the ward system. It was set up to encourage more candidates, but the trend has been just the opposite. Would citywide races make for better elections?