There's the potential for lots of changes in Morenci and Fayette this fall following the November election. In Morenci, three city council terms expire this year, along with the mayor. In Fayette, four village council seats and four school board positions expire.
MORENCI—City residents interested in seeking a city council position must act fast to get on the ballot. Nominating petitions must be filed at city hall by May 14 in order to appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot, if needed, and on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.
Candidates must be registered voters of the City of Morenci at least one year prior to the election. Petitions must be signed by at least 25 qualified electors of the city.
The city council terms of Tracy Schell, Greg Braun and Robert Jennings expire this year. Jennings has stated that he will not seek another term since he expects to be moving from the area. Council terms are for four years.
The term of mayor Keith Pennington also expires this year. Pennington is seeking the job of city administrator/clerk, but no hiring decision has been made. Council’s Finance and Legal committee announced last week it was extending the application period and listing the job with the Michigan Municipal League. The mayor's post is a two-year term.
Board of education members now serve six-year terms, with elections scheduled in even years. Three board seats will expire at the end of 2014.
FAYETTE—Fayette and Fayette school district residents have until Aug. 7 to file as candidates. Petition packets are available at the Board of Elections office in Wauseon.
The village council terms held by Diane Brubaker, Rodney Kessler, Mat Johnson and Julia Ruger all expire at the end of the year. Council positions are for four-year terms.
School board seats held by Pam Seiler and Deb Leininger expire this year, but two others must also be filled. David Brinegar was appointed to fill a vacant seat and Karen King's replacement—yet to be appointed—would have to seek election to continue serving after the end of the year. King announced that she will leave the board June 28.
Two of the school board seats are for four-year terms, but the two for the appointed positions will expire Dec. 21, 2015.