Slim to none

City Council running empty on candidates


Craig City Manager Jim Ferree has noticed something unusual in the candidates running for city council seats in the upcoming municipal elections.

"There are none," he said.

Ferree said usually some interested candidates have made their intentions known by this time of year, although plenty of time remains before the election home stretch.

Four seats on the Craig City Council are opening up for the April 3 election, although two of the current council members have expressed intentions of running again.

Tom Gilchrist and Kent Nielson are term-limited and will leave the city council after the election.

Mayor Don Jones and councilman Joe Herod also are at the end of their terms, but both will be seeking re-election in the spring.

Council members are limited to two, four-year terms on the council, and they could run for mayor after reaching their term limits as a council member. Mayor candidates can run for three consecutive terms, and could even run again after sitting out a term.

To run for city council or mayor candidates must: be a United States citizen, at least 25 years of age, a registered voter of the city and a resident for at least a year before the election

A state statute requires candidates pick up a petition from city clerk Shirley Seeley, which can be circulated Feb. 12 to March 2, gathering the needed 25 signatures of registered voters.

Petitions must be filed with the city clerk by March 2.

Those considering a run at the office should be aware of the requirements of the council.

The council meets twice a month, at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at City Hall, 300 West Fourth St.

Workshops and study sessions are frequently scheduled before council meetings, and there normally is an all-day work session on the proposed city budget each year.

No council member may hold any other municipal office or employment for which compensation is paid from city funds.

Council members also voluntarily serve on a number of boards and committees.

Council members earn $200 per month and are eligible to be on the city's health insurance plan.

Council members are reimbursed for travel expenses out of the valley, including motels, meals, mileage and registrations.

Amendments to the city charter approved in the November election have increased candidate spending from $25 to $500 for the upcoming elections.

The municipal election will take place April 3 at the Centennial Mall, on West Victory Way. At this time, no issues other than city council positions are on the ballot.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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