JOPLIN, MO.--- Today was the last day for Joplin citizens to file for the city council candidacy. A total of nine people will be on the April ballot. Six candidates have filed for general seats and three have filed for two zone seats.
In zone one is incumbent Gary Shaw. In zone four are incumbent's Jack Golden and Mike Seibert. In the six general seats, Jim West, Harvey Hutchinson, Miranda Lewis, Ryan Stanley and incumbent's Trisha Raney and Mike Woolston. Potential candidates had since November 19th to seek 150 signatures required to run.
According to Joplin City Clerk Barbara Hogelin, all candidates have submitted their signatures and have been checked and certified. "This is good so we are looking forward to the April election," said Hogelin.
On the spring ballot, Joplin residents will be voting for five positions, three seats in general, one in zone one and one in zone four.
Citizens Advisory Recovery Team Chairwoman Jane Cage says she is happy that six general candidates are running this time around. "I'm encouraged that a number of people want to run for city council because it demonstrates their interest in Joplin," said Cage.
She also thinks that now is a more important time for people to get involved in local government.
"I hope that for whoever is elected in the April elections, will be a positive force for Joplin. I want people to believe in our future and believe what they can do can make a positive difference," said Cage.
Voters will head to the polls to decide these positions April 8th. The next important date to remember is March 12th, because it is the final date to register to vote.
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