Two current Carthage City Council members got up early Tuesday morning and braved sub-freezing temperatures to be among the first on the ballot in April for Carthage Mayor.

Two current Carthage City Council members got up early Tuesday morning and braved sub-freezing temperatures to be among the first on the ballot in April for Carthage Mayor.
The filing period for local council and school board races opened on Tuesday.
The Carthage Mayor's seat, a four-year term, is up for election in 2018 and two-term Mayor Mike Harris has said he won't seek a third term.
Dan Rife, who came on the council in 2007, and Jason Shelfer, who came on the council in 2012, were waiting for the doors to Carthage City Hall to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday to fill out the paperwork to run for Mayor.
Rife, who arrived on the square around 5 a.m. was first in line and will be first on the ballot in the April 3, 2018 election, while Shelfer, who arrived at 6:30 a.m. will be second.
Carthage Municipal Judge Brad Cameron, who filed later on Tuesday, will be third on the ballot.
The filing period continues through Jan. 16.
Voters will also select five city council members, one from each ward in Carthage, for two-year terms.
The seats open this year are, in Ward 1, Juan Topete; in Ward 2, Tim Shields; in Ward 3, Mike Daugherty; Ward 4, Darren Collier and Ward 5, Jason Shelfer.

On Wednesday, Collier filed for reelection to his Ward 4 seat and Shields filed to run for a second term in Ward 2.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, no one had filed for any of these seats.
Candidates interested in any of these seats should get filing information and file from the Carthage City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 326 Grant St., on the east side of the Carthage Square.

Carthage R-9 Board
Filing also began today for two open seats on the seven-member Carthage R-9 Board of Education.
Board Secretary Quetha Bassham said the two incumbents up for election, Michael Goolsby and Lee Elliff Pound, filed for reelection early on Tuesday.
The filing period for that race also lasts through Jan. 16, 2018.
People elected to these seats serve three-year terms.