- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Cape fines contractor $1,100 a day for street-project delays; contractor blames utility relocations (5/18/17)13
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Attorney general seeks bond revocation for embattled sheriff (5/17/17)3
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
- Revival of Oran police board urged amid timecard fraud, nepotism allegations (5/17/17)4
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.