Ten candidates are seeking election in next year's Cape Girardeau municipal elections. Voters will choose a mayor and three members of the city council.
The candidates: Matt Hopkins, Walter White and Harry Rediger for mayor; John Voss and Teresa Robinson for Ward 1 councilmember; Don Howard, Meg Davis, Stafford Moore and Jim Blakemore for Ward 2 councilmember; and Kathy Swan for Ward 6 councilmember.
Because there are more than two candidates for mayor and Ward 2 councilmember, a primary election will be held Feb. 2. The general election will be April 6.
These are critical positions for city government. Council members set policy and guide the way the city meets its many challenges.
Stepping up as candidates for these posts is a valuable contribution to the city. Moreover, becoming a candidate means making a commitment to many hours of learning and understanding the intricacies of running a city the size of Cape Girardeau. This is no small undertaking, and each of the candidates deserves our thanks for seeking the public's trust.
In the weeks between now and April, city voters can expect the candidates to share, through their campaigns, their qualifications and their aspirations for Cape Girardeau.