Filing for St. Charles City Council seats will open Jan. 8 with six council seats up for election in April 2013.
Several current council members have said they plan to run for reelection. Council members serve three year terms and in April, wards 6-10 are up for election. (See ward map above).
To run for city council, candidates must be 21 years old before taking office, a citizen, live in the city for two years before the election, a registered voter and a resident of the ward in which they are running for election for at least six months before the election.
Candidates also have to get signatures of 25 registered voters on a petition to file. Interested parties can pick up a packet from the City Clerk on Nov. 26. Filing closes Jan. 15.
Councilman Jerry Reese, Ward-6, has served nine years on the St. Charles City Council. He said he'd like to continue to serve so he can see through the completion of the new fire station and public works building.
"I really enjoy doing it," he said. "I like working with the people in St. Charles. I really would like to try to do it again."
Bridget Ohmes is in her last few months of her first term on the city council and says she's planning to run again. "I feel like there's a lot of things I can still contribute," she said.
Ohmes said it takes about a year to figure out a lot of the process for being a city council member.
"I think it's a continual learning experience," she said. "I am still finding out new things all the time."
Mayor May Appoint Someone to Fill Ward 8 Seat Until April Election
Councilman Mike Klinghammer, Ward-8, won election in November to represent Ward 6 on the St. Charles County Council.
Mayor Sally Faith said she is considering various people interested in filling the seat until the April election. The council would have to approve her appointment. The person appointed would have to decide whether to run for reelection.
"I'll be pulling things together," Faith said. "I've got to make that decision soon."
Also up for reelection are Dave Beckering, Ward 7, and Ron Stivison, Ward 9. Both Beckering and Stivison have served two terms on the St. Charles City Council.