Friday, August 26, 2011

Campaign seasons kicks off Monday

Deadline to file for candidacy is Sept. 9

Express Staff Writer

Residents thinking about a run for public office have to finalize their decision in the next couple of weeks.

Declarations of candidacy must be filed with the relevant city clerk's office between 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, and 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.

In Sun Valley, seats up for election are Mayor Wayne Willich's position and two City Council seats—those held by Dewayne Briscoe and Joan Lamb.

In Hailey, seats up for election are Mayor Rick Davis' position and two City Council seats—those held by Carol Brown and Fritz Haemmerle.

In Bellevue, three council seats are up for election, two held by Janet Duffy and Dave Hattula and one that is currently vacant.

In Ketchum, voters will decide on a form of government—keeping the current system or adopting a council-manager form. Voters will choose people to fill five council seats should the new form of government be approved. The new council members would choose a mayor from among their ranks.

The top three vote-getters will serve four-year terms. The next two will serve two-year terms.

"This only happens if that [form of governement] question ... is approved," said Ketchum City Clerk Sandy Cady. "If it's not, the whole election with regard to the council is null and void."

If the new system is not approved, voters will decide at the next election, in May, on two City Council seats under the current system, those currently held by Larry Helzel and Curtis Kemp. Those council members would serve an extra six months in their position until that election is held.

To run for office, candidates must file a declaration of candidacy accompanied by a non-refundable filing fee of $40. The fee is not required if attached to the declaration of candidacy is a petition of candidacy signed by at least five qualified electors in the city.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and be U.S. citizens, and their primary residence must be in the city in which they're running. In addition, their voter registration must match their residence address on the candidates' declaration form, and they must have lived in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting the declaration of candidacy.

Declaration of candidacy forms may be picked up at city clerks' offices.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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