WATER VALLEY – Four years ago there were two candidates for mayor, three candidates in the ward three alderman’s race and two in the ward one alderman’s race.
This year only the six incumbents have indicated a desire to run and only five of the six have qualified. Larry Bell has said he will run, but at press time Tuesday he had not yet qualified, according to City Clerk Vivian Snider.
In Coffeeville, only incumbent Mayor Mac Burns and Alderman George Miller have qualified. And, in Oakland, Sharonda Jones, William David Robinson and Lottie Patterson have qualified for aldermen positions.
Deadline for qualifying is just two weeks away on March 8 with party primaries set for May 7 and runoffs, if needed, May 21. The general election is June 4.
According to Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman’s 2013 Municipal Candidate Qualifying Guide a political party candidate must submit a filing fee of $10 by 5 p.m. at least sixty days prior to the primary election to the municipal clerk’s office.
Along with the fee, the candidate must submit a written statement of intent containing name and address, name of the party with which the candidate is affiliated, and the office the candidate is seeking.
Independent candidates do not pay a qualifying fee, but to qualify as an independent the candidate must file a petition with the municipal clerk by the same qualifying deadlines as party candidates.
The petition must be signed by at least 50 qualified voters of the municipality or ward, if the municipality or ward has a population of 1,000 residents or more. If the municipality or ward has a population of fewer than 1000 residents, only 15 qualified voters have to sign.
Candidates in Coffeeville and Oakland all run as independents.