Three incumbents filed for reelection to new two-year terms on the Carthage City Council in the week since election filings opened on Dec. 12 and a third person filed for the two open seats on the Carthage Board of Education.

Three incumbents filed for reelection to new two-year terms on the Carthage City Council in the week since election filings opened on Dec. 12.
Voters in Carthage will elect a new mayor and half of the 10 members of the Carthage City Council in the election on April 3, 2018.
The filing period continues through Jan. 16.
The incumbents who filed last week were Tim Shields in Ward 2, Mike Daugherty in Ward 3 and Darren Collier in Ward 4.
All the filings on the first day, Jan. 12, were for Mayor to replace Mike Harris, who said he's not planning to run for a third four-year term.
Current Council Members Dan Rife and Jason Shelfer and current Municipal Judge Brad Cameron have thrown their hat in the ring for Mayor's office.
Rife is in the middle of a two-year term representing Ward 4 and Shelfer is at the end of a two-year term in Ward 5.
The Ward 1 seat currently held by Juan Topete is also open and no one has filed for the open Ward 5 seat.
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
A third person has filed for the two open seats on the seven-member Carthage R-9 Board of Education, meaning there will be an election for this office this year.
Carthage Attorney Bill Lasley will join incumbents Michael Goolsby and Lee Elliff Pound on the ballot on April 3.
Voters in the Carthage School District, which includes a rural area outside the Carthage City Limits, will vote for two people in this election and the top two vote getters will win the election.
The filing period for that race also lasts through Jan. 16, 2018.
People elected to these seats serve three-year terms.