Pool of candidates for local office slim
Mayor’s seat, school board and council positions see little interest
People in Valdez have shown little interest in running for elected offices in the October municipal elections.
“Right now we have only one petition that has been picked up and returned,” Sheri Pierce, the city clerk, said to the Valdez City Council Monday night during its regular meeting. “No applicants for school board or mayor.”
Council member Chris Moulton, who was not present at the meeting, had previously picked up a petition to run for council again, but had not yet returned it.
Council member Nate Smith, who was appointed to his seat by vote of the council earlier this year to fill a vacancy, is the only candidate to have picked up a petition and returned it.
The deadline to pick up and file a petition to run for city council, school board and mayor is August 15. There are three council seats up for election, as well as three for board of education.
Current mayor Dave Cobb said he will not run for reelection, as have all three school board members whose terms will expire in October.
Petitions to run for elected office must be picked up in person at the city clerk’s office. For a candidate’s name to appear on the municipal ballot, a hopeful needs to return the petition to the clerk’s office with the signatures of 25 qualified voters. Candidates for mayor need to return the petition with 50 signatures.
Requirements to become a candidate are minimal. A person must be registered to vote and have lived in Valdez for at least one year prior to the election.
Petitions to file for office and additional information are available at the clerk’s office at city hall during regular business hours.
The elections will be held October 7.
Terms for mayor and city council will be 15 months instead of two years because municipal elections will be held in April instead of October beginning in 2015. Terms for school board will be for 22 months. Council and mayor terms are normally for two years and school board three years.