Though the election is still months away, the process to determine who will be on the ballot in April begins today as filing opens for several municipal and school board contests in the area.
In Jackson, voters will cast ballots in the mayor and four alderman races. Seats on several other boards in Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Perry and Scott counties will also be up for election.
There is one city council race in Cape Girardeau to be decided in April. Ward 6 councilwoman Kathy Swan, elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November, will soon step down to begin her new position. After Swan resigns, the city council will appoint a replacement to hold the office until the April election. Filing for the council seat begins Dec. 18 and ends Jan. 15. In addition to residency and age requirements, candidates must submit a certified petition signed by 50 registered voters in the ward. Petitions may be picked up at the city clerk's office.
If you are interested in filing for one of the local contests, contact the county clerk's office for details.
We have great respect for those who put themselves up for elected office. Whether it's on a federal, state or local level, each plays a key role in our democracy. Local governing bodies make important decisions that affect our quality of life. Having good candidates who care deeply about their communities is the first step in this process.