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The Carthage Press
  • Studebaker resigns from City Council

  • As filing continues for seats on the Carthage City Council and Carthage R-9 Board of education, city officials already know that one council member will not be filing to return to the city's governing body.
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  • As filing continues for seats on the Carthage City Council and Carthage R-9 Board of education, city officials already know that one council member will not be filing to return to the city's governing body.
    Third Ward Council Member John Studebaker submitted his resignation last week from the city council effective immediately.
    Studebaker said he had planned to serve out the rest of his term, which ends in April, before moving to Wisconsin to live closer to his family, but his house sold the first week it was on the market, forcing him to move sooner than expected.
    “It was fun and it was a learning experience, being on the council,” said Studebaker, who had served since 2008. “People in Carthage were very good to us and I really enjoyed my time on council.”
    “He was an excellent councilman and we'll miss him,” said Mayor Mike Harris.
    Studebaker's seat is one of five city council seats, one from each of the city's five wards, up for grabs in the April 8, 2014 city and school elections.
    Harris has the option to fill the Ward 3 seat quickly, or waiting and leaving the seat vacant until the April election.
    Filing for City Council and School Board seats closes on Jan. 21. If at that time, only one person has filed for the Ward 3 seat, Harris may choose to appoint that person to start serving immediately, as he did in 2011 in the case of two open Ward 2 seats.
    If more than one person files for the seat, he can leave it vacant and let voters decide who to place in the office.
    Carthage City Clerk Lynn Campbell said as of Tuesday, Harris had filed for reelection to the Mayor's four-year term, and Jason Shelfer had filed for reelection to the Ward 5 seat he currently holds.
    Also up for reelection are seats held by Kirby Newport in Ward 1, Donald McLaughlin in Ward 2, and Lee Carlson in Ward 4.
    Ward Council members serve two year terms.
    In a related move, Harris appointed Ward 5 Council Member Ed Hardesty to take Studebaker's place as chairman of the Council's Public Works Committee. Studebaker also served on the Budget Ways and Means Committee.
    People interested in running for City Council should file at Carthage City Hall with either the $25 filing fee or a petition signed by 25 people who live in the ward in which they are running.
    Carthage City Hall will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and on Jan. 1, 2014.
    Board of Education
    In the first week of filing, only the incumbents have filed for the three open three-year terms on the Carthage R-9 Board of Education.
    The seats that are open in April's election are those held by Tony Diggs, Elizabeth Streich and Jeff Jones.
    Page 2 of 2 - Filing closes on Jan. 21. Voters cast ballots for up to three people and the top three vote-getters are the ones chosen to take their seats on the Board.
    People interested in running for Board of Education should sign up at the Carthage Schools administration office, 710 Lyon St., Carthage.
    The administration office will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and on Jan. 1, 2014 and will only be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-31.
    The last day to register to vote in the April 8 election is March 12, 2014.

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