Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Filing for Ketchum election starts

Special city election set for May 15


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Monday was the first day to file to run for a Ketchum City Council seat, but as of noon Tuesday, no candidates had filed the necessary paperwork, according to City Clerk Sandy Cady.

A special election will be held May 15 to elect two council members for seats held by Curtis Kemp and Larry Helzel.

Helzel said earlier this month that he was resigning as of the end of February and would not run for re-election.

The election is taking place because a proposal to change Ketchum's form of government to a council-manager system failed in last November's election. Under state law, if such an effort fails, the concurrent election of council members is void.

The Ketchum City Council meets twice monthly, on Monday evenings. Council members also attend special meetings and serve as liaisons to city departments and other government entities. Duties include adopting ordinances and comprehensive plans, negotiating with county commissioners about areas of city impact, setting fees, approving city property tax levies and confirming mayoral nominees.

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Ketchum council members receive a monthly salary of $1,700, as well as health, dental, vision and long-term disability benefits, health care reimbursement account benefits and Idaho PERSI retirement benefits.

Candidates must be at least 18, a U.S. citizen and a Ketchum resident for at least 30 days before filing.

Declarations of candidacy are available at the Ketchum City Clerk's office in City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Along with declarations of candidacy, candidates also must submit a $40 filing fee or a petition of candidacy signed by at least five qualified Ketchum electors, verified by the county clerk. Paperwork must be filed with the city clerk.

The deadline to file is Friday, March 9, at 5 p.m.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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