Monday is First Day for Candidate Filing for Salem and Centralia City Council PositionsToday is the first day for candidates for file for the two open city council seats in Salem and Centralia. Eight candidates had picked up petitions for Salem City Council while seven had picked up petitions for the openings in Centralia. The filing period continues through five next Monday evening.
Five candidates have already filed for the two open positions on the Salem City Council. Four of those will be in a lottery on December fourth to determine ballot position because they were in line when city hall opened. Incumbent Kip Meador was joined by former City Manager Thomas Christie, Library Board member Jane Gaston and Joan Kless. Former City Code enforcement officer Jim Baity filed later Monday morning. Three others still have petitions out for Salem City Council. They are Steve Huddlestun, Sue Morgan and Sherrill McLean.
In Centralia, there will be a lottery for top ballot position between incumbent Howard Jones and Jason Hunter. Joshua Qualls and Warren Hynes also filed petitions Monday. Doug Krutsinger, William Harrell, and David Miller all have petitions out for the two open council seats in Centralia.
Petitions can be filed for those running for Salem City Council from eight to five daily at Salem City Hall and for those running for Centralia City Council from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Centralia City Clerks Office. The Centralia Clerk's office will stay open until five next Monday to receive petitions. The offices are open Monday through Wednesday of this week and then Monday of next week. They will be closed Thursday and Friday of this week for Thanksgiving. A lottery will be held for all simultaneous filings that are filed when the clerk offices open this morning or that are received in the mail on the first day of filing.
The municipal elections are scheduled for Tuesday, April ninth. If nine or more candidates file, a primary will be held to narrow the number of candidates.
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