With the City of Sedalia Municipal Election coming up on April 8, it is almost crunch time for prospective candidates to file their petitions with Sedalia City Clerk Arlene Silvey. The petition filing deadline is Jan. 21.
“The ending date is Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. In order to file they need to bring their petitions with the amount of signatures stated in the petition,” Silvey said.
Silvey added, “We always suggest that they get extra signatures. We have to go over to the county clerk’s office and verify that the names on the petition are registered voters, and if it is for a city councilman, we have to make sure the signatures are from that ward that they are running in.”
Petitions are available at the city clerk’s office on the first floor of the Municipal Building located at 200 S. Osage. They are also available on their website at www.cityofsedalia.com.
Positions up for election this upcoming year are for mayor, municipal court judge and one council seat in each ward.
Petition requirements for mayor include a 30 year old minimum age; they must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of such city at the time of and for two years preceding his or her election, a minimum of 100 signatures and a filing fee of $100.
Petition requirements for a municipal court judge include that they are licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, they cannot hold any other office in the city, they must be at least 21 years of age and they may not serve after they reach the age of 75.
A minimum of 50 signatures of city-wide registered voters is required, along with a filing fee of $50.
Petition requirements for the position of council member include a minimum age of at least 21years of age prior to taking office, an inhabitant of the city for one year preceding his or her election, and they must be a resident of the ward from which he or she is elected six months preceding his or her election.
A minimum of 25 signatures of registered voters of the ward they are running for, as well as a filing fee of $50.
As of now the candidates for Mayor of Sedalia only include Sedalia City Councilman Stephen Galliher. Galliher is one of the two current council members from the First Ward.
For the council position in the First Ward, currently there are no candidates that have filed. Current Second Ward Councilwoman Wanda Monsees has been the only candidate to file as of this time.
Donald Meyer is the only person to have filed for the Third Ward council seat. Councilman Tollie Rowe is currently the only candidate to file for the Fourth Ward council seat.