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Window to file as council, mayoral candidate in Westover begins Jan. 10

Anyone wishing to be a candidate in Westover’s June 14 municipal election has a 19-day window in January to make it official.

City Clerk Sandie Weis said certificates of announcement must be submitted to her office between Jan. 10-22.

“I have the certificates of announcements. So if anybody wants one on or after Jan. 10, just call me, come in and see me, whatever,” Weis said. “But they have to be filled out and notarized.”

The seats up for grabs include the three ward council seats currently held by Ralph Mullins (1st), Jeffrey Friend (2nd) and Gary Weber (3rd), as well as the at-large seat held by Duane Tatar.

Of the four, only Mullins was elected to the body in the city’s 2018 election.

Both Friend and Tatar were appointed by council in 2021 to fill the unexpired terms of Janice Goodwin and Stephen Lawrence, respectively. Weber was appointed in 2019 to complete the term of Leonard Smith.

Weis said non-incumbent mayoral and council candidates must have nominating petitions filed with her office by March 15.

Council-at-large candidates will need 45 signatures comprised of at least 15 signatures from qualified voters in each of the city’s three wards.

Ward councilor candidates will need 30 signatures from qualified voters within the ward they seek to represent.

Members of Westover City Council are elected to four year terms.

Additionally, the city will elect a new mayor in 2022.

Longtime mayor Dave Johnson announced in October that he would not seek an eighth two-year term in the position.

Individuals interested in running for mayor will need 30 nominating signatures from qualified voters in each of the city’s three wards.

Contact Weis at 304-296-6860 to file a certificate of announcement or request additional information.

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