Incumbents file on first day for council seats

All five Jefferson City Council members up for re-election filed to seek another term before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the first day of filing. No challengers have filed for any of the five seats.

Filing in Wards 1-5, in order, were Rick Prather, J. Rick Mihalevich, Bob Scrivner, Carrie Carroll and Larry Henry Jr.

This would be the last term for Carroll, as council members are term-limited to four, two-year terms.

Filing is open through Dec. 17. Elections will be March 4, 2014, if a primary is needed, and general elections will be April 8, 2014.

To file, no fee is required, but candidates must have endorsements from three people who live in the area the candidate wishes to represent. The endorsements must be signed either before a notary public or before the city clerk. Endorsement forms are available from the city clerk’s office or on the city website at www.jeffcitymo.org.

To run for council, candidates must be at least 21 at the time of the election, be a U.S. citizen and a qualified voter of the city. They also must have lived in the city for at least one year before the election and lived in the ward they wish to represent for six months before the election.

Candidates cannot have outstanding debts in the city and cannot have ever been found guilty of misappropriation of funds in office. They also cannot have ever been removed from a seat on the council.

Council members are paid $450 per month.

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