As of the Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. deadline, nine candidates had filed for their chance to run for the Cape Girardeau City Council. Elections will be held for the Mayor and Wards 1, 2 and 6 positions in 2014. Five of the nine petitions submitted still need to be verified by the County Clerk and determined sufficient. Each petition must have an adequate number of signatures of registered voters from the appropriate ward.
If more than two candidate petitions are determined sufficient for any one position, a primary election will be held in February 2014. The general election for all positions will be in April 2014.
Pending County verification, there should be a final list of candidates announced by the end of November.
The election calendar and official process is below.
Article VII of the City Charter sets forth the procedure for nominations and elections of Council Members and the Mayor.
PETITION. Individuals wishing to become candidates for elective City office must first be nominated by petition. The City Council has, by ordinance, designated appropriate “nominating petitions” and “acceptance or nomination” forms. These forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office. Nominating petitions must be signed by at least fifty (50) registered voters who are entitled to vote for the proposed candidate. In the case of Council Members, this means the petition signers must be registered voters of the City. No nominating petition shall be accepted by the City Clerk unless accompanied by an acceptance of nomination signed by the candidate.
FILING. The nominating petitions and acceptance of nomination forms must be filed with the City Clerk no earlier than the fifteenth (15th) Tuesday and not later than the eleventh (11th) Tuesday prior to the primary election date. The City Clerk shall notify the person filing the petition and the candidate whether or not the petition is sufficient. Candidates’ names appear on the primary ballot in order of filing of nominating petitions certified sufficient.
PRIMARY ELECTION. A primary election is held for Council Members if more than two (2) sufficient nominating petitions are filed from any one (1) ward. A primary election is held for Mayor if more than two (2) sufficient nominating petitions are received for that office. The City primary election, if required, is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in February in even numbered years. Under Section 115.125 RSMo, the City Clerk must give notice to the County Clerk of any election at least ten (10) weeks prior to the election. The names of the two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of votes for Council Member in each ward and the two (2) Mayoral candidates receiving the highest number of votes are placed on the general election ballot in the order of total votes received by each.
GENERAL ELECTION. The general election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in April in each even numbered year. The City Council must canvass the election returns and declare the results of the election at a special meeting to be held within one (1) week following the election. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected and shall be inducted into office at that time.
For more information, please contact City Clerk Gayle Conrad at 573-339-6320.
|Harry E. Rediger
04/14 term expires
John F. Voss
04/06, 04/10 elected
04/14 term expiresMeg Davis
04/14 term expiresTrent Summers
04/16 term expiresLoretta A. Schneider
04/05, 04/08, 04/12 elected
04/16 term expiresMark Lanzotti
04/08, 04/12 elected
04/16 term expiresWayne Bowen
04/13 special election
04/14 term expires