- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
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.