Filing for the April municipal elections opened Tuesday with more than a half dozen bids being made, most by incumbents.
Incumbent Paul Day filed for re-election to the 911 Emergency Services Board and the Audrain Ambulance District Board. Dr. M. Elwood Rice and Robby Miller both filed for re-election to the Mexico Board of Education. Mexico City Councilman Chris Williams also filed for re-election, while Vandalia resident Terry Newland – a newcomer in the arena – filed for the Vandalia Special Road District. John Oliver filed for the Mexico Special 13 Road District and Richard Webber filed for the Audrain County Health Board.
Filing for the April municipal elections officially opened Tuesday, with seats available on the Mexico City Council, the Mexico Board of Education, the 911 Emergency Services Board, the Audrain County Health Board, Audrain Ambulance District, the Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees, the Vandalia Special Road District, and the Mexico Special 13 Road District.
The filing period for candidates closes Jan. 15. Requirements for candidacy depend on the entity offering the position and can be obtained by contacting the appropriate city or county clerk's office. The election will be held Tuesday, April 2.
One seat is available on the Mexico City Council, two seats are available on the Mexico Board of Education and both are three-year terms. The Audrain Ambulance District has an opening in Sub District 3 and one in Sub District 6 for three-year terms. District Three includes the voting precincts of Mexico 3 Eastern District and Mexico 6. District Six includes the Community 8 and 6 South Fork Township.
The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees has one seat open with a five-year term and four 911 emergency service board members are to be elected – two in the eastern county commission district and two residing in the western county commission district. The 911 board seats are four-year terms.
Candidate filings will be accepted for the office of trustee for the Audrain County Health Board – two to be elected for a four-year term and three to be elected for two-year terms. The Vandalia Special Road District also has an opening.
Candidates for the city council can file at City Hall, 300 N. Coal Street, in the city clerk's office. Candidates for county seats should file in the Audrain County Clerk's office, located in Room 101 in the Audrain County Courthouse, Mexico.
Anyone interested in running for a school board opening may file from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the superintendent's office, 1201 Lakeview Road. Filing will not occur on days the school district is closed due to inclement weather or scheduled holidays.