Candidate petitions for council available

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Residents seeking a political position will have five to chose from in April. Craig City Council seats belonging to Carl Chapman, Billy Bingham, Tom Gilchrist and Kent Nielson will be voted for on April 3, as well as the position held by Mayor Dave DeRose.

The seats are open to residents at large from within the city limits.

To become a city council member, a person must be at least 25 years old and has to have been a resident of the city of Craig for at least 32 days prior to the election.

"It doesn't take much to run in an election," City Clerk Shirley Seeley said.

Anyone who is on the city payroll at the time of the election cannot hold office.

Petitions for a city council seat are available at city hall. Candidates have until Feb. 28 to return the petitions, complete with the signatures of 25 registered voters.

Councilors, who are elected to terms of four years, are paid an annual sum of $2,400. The mayor, elected for a term of two years, is paid an annual sum of $3,600.

Those running don't chose which seat to run for or who to run against. The four candidates who get the highest number of votes will win the four council seats.

The three candidates who get the most votes will claim the three available council seats that come with full four-year terms.

The fourth seat is for two years and will be filled by the candidate who gets the fourth highest number of ballots.

Councilor Bingham was appointed to his seat in 2002 but can only serve until the next regular election. The term is shortened because the intent is to have no more than three council seats open in any given election.

DeRose, who has served four years as a council member and two terms as mayor, said he's strongly considering running again. Nielson, Gilchrist and Bingham also plan to get their names on the ballot. Nielson and Gilchrist were elected in 1999.

Chapman, who was appointed to his seat in 1998 and elected in 1999, said he's moving out of the city limits in March and therefore won't seek another term.

"I've enjoyed it," he said. "It's been a real eye opener. I've worked with some mighty fine people."

Councilors are limited to two terms each and the mayor to three.

Petitions were available Monday, and none have been returned

as of Tuesday.

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