No new candidates have filed for a variety of open seats on the Carthage City Council or Carthage R-9 Board of Education since the start of the new year.
People interested in running for Mayor of Carthage, the five open seats on the Council or the three open seats on the board of education have until Jan. 21 to file their paperwork.
The election for all these seats is Tuesday, April 8
The mayor's four-year term and five, two-year, city council seats, one in each of Carthage's five wards, are up for election by registered voters in Carthage's city limits.
The people holding the seats now are Mayor Mike Harris, Ward 1 Council Member Kirby Newport, Ward 2 Council Member Donald McLaughlin, Ward 3 Council Member John Studebaker, Ward 4 City Council Member Lee Carlson and Ward 5 Council Member Jason Shelfer.
Mayor Harris and Council Member Shelfer filed on the day filing opened.
The Council meets twice a month and council members serve on at least two of the council's five standing committees.
They also serve as liaisons to the committees and boards that run the Carthage Public Library, Powers Museum, Carthage Humane Society and about a dozen other agencies in and around Carthage.
People interested in running for city council should file at Carthage City Hall on the east side of the Carthage Square, and bring $25 or 25 signatures on a petition from residents of the Ward where the person is running.
All ballots in the city will list the mayor candidates, while ballots in each ward will list that ward's candidates for council. Voters will choose one of each.
Board of Education
Voters who live in the borders of the Carthage R-9 school district will vote on three, three-year seats on the board of education.
The people holding those seats now are Tony Diggs, Jeff Jones and Elizabeth Streich.
The Carthage Board of Education meets once a month.
People interested in running for Board of Education should sign up at the Carthage Schools administration office, 710 Lyon St., Carthage.
The last day for voters to register to vote in the April 8 election is March 12.
Voters in the school district will see a list of all the candidates for school board on the ballot and will choose three candidates. The top three-vote getters will win the new terms.