Filing deadline nears for local spring elections

? Citizens have until Tuesday to file or withdraw from races.

The deadline to file or withdraw from this spring?s local election is noon Tuesday, Jan. 27, according to Tina Spencer, election officer.

?We have had several filings,? she said.

In addition to the regular city and school election, Spencer said a couple of other interesting things are going on.

?Two school districts have requested mail ballot elections to increase their local option budgets,? she said. ?I have submitted a plan to the secretary of state?s office for each of these special elections and will release more information when the plans are approved.?

The following offices are up for election April 7.

City openings

? Burns has openings for mayor and two council positions. Current elected officials are Ryan Johnson, mayor, and Mary Glenn and Roland Boesker, council members.

? Durham has openings for mayor and five council positions. Current officials include Michael Sorenson, mayor, and council members Gary Unruh, Edward Flaming, Alan Accardi, Wendell Cook and Travis Cook (unconfirmed).

Spencer said the term ?unconfirmed? refers to names that were the last information of record, but could be incorrect now.

?Many times a council person or school board member resigns and the entity doesn?t remember to contact our office to let us know,? Spencer said.

? Florence has openings for mayor and one council position from both Ward 1 and Ward 2, for a total of two council seats. The current mayor is Mary Shipman. Councilors are Trayce War?ner and Dan Ludwig, who is filling the unexpired term of John Swarm.

? Goessel has three positions available. Current councilors are Rollin Schmidt, Dean Snelling, Dallas Boese or James Wiens (unconfirmed).

? Hillsboro has an opening for mayor as well as one council position from both Ward 1 and Ward 2, for a total of two council seats. The current mayor is Delores Dalke; Robert Watson represents Ward 1 and David Loewen was appointed to fill a vacancy in Ward 2.

? Lehigh has a mayor position and five council seats open. Current officials are David Terrell as mayor and council members Brad Dies, James Dawes, John Masson, Dustin Enns and Eldon Kaiser (unconfirmed).

? Lincolnville has three council positions open. Current mayor is Barbara Kaiser. Council members are Joe Vinduska, Sherri Pan?kratz and Dennis Burch (unconfirmed).

? Lost Springs has openings for mayor and five council seats. Current mayor is Tish Keesling and council members are Frank Wirtz, Troy Madron Sr., Connie Jenkins, John Zeiner and Joyce Buckland-Rohloff (unconfirmed).

? Marion has no seats open.

? Peabody has opening for mayor and three council positions. Larry Larsen is the current mayor and council members are Steve Rose, Travis Wilson and Tim Peterson.

? Ramona has the mayor position open and five council seats. Byron Noeth is mayor and council members are Billy Alcorn, Arthur Stroda, Alan Svoboda, Patricia Wick and Thaine ?Jay? Plank (unconfirmed).

? Tampa has a mayor position available and two council seats. The current mayor is Tim Svoboda and council members are Ty Peterson and Russ Kirbs.

School board openings

? Centre School District-USD 397 has openings for member districts 1, 2, 3 and 7. The current members are Amber Peterson, Mark Heiser, Terry Deines and Steven Jirak (unconfirmed), respectively.

? Peabody-Burns School District-USD 398 has openings for positions 1, 2, 3 and 7 (all at-large). The current members are Bruce Burke, Terril Eberhard, Glendon Parks and Anthony Zappone, respectively.

? Marion-Florence-USD 408 has positions open in member districts 1, 2, 3 and 7. Members are Chris Sprowls, Jeremiah Lange, Duane Kirkpatrick and Sarah Cope, respectively.

? Hillsboro School District-USD 410 has positions 1, 2, 3 and 7 (all at-large) and position 6 is an unexpired term (member district specific). Current members are Debra Geis, Eddie Weber, Chad Nowak and Rod Koons, respectively. The Ward 2 member inside city limits south of Second Street is Kim Klein.

? Goessel School District-USD 411 has openings in member districts 1, 2, 3 and 7. Current members are Darla Meysing, Maynard Knepp, Dan Miller and Kyle Funk, respectively.

Other offices and info

In addition to city and school openings, the Cottonwood Valley Drainage District has three director openings.

In the event a primary election is needed, Spencer said Feb. 10 is the last day to register to vote for the city and school primary.

Other dates regarding the elections include Feb. 24 and early voting in person at the Marion County Courthouse.

The last day to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed is Feb. 27.

The deadline for early voting in person at the court house is noon on March 2.

The primary city/school election is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 at designated poll sites.

Cottonwood Valley District Drainage candidates have until noon March 4 to file or withdraw.

Early voting in person at the courthouse begins March 31, and voters are asked to remember photo identification.

The last day to apply for advance voting ballots to be mailed is April 3.

The deadline for early voting in person at the courthouse is noon April 6.

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