2 city candidates are unopposed on ballot
Mar 01, 2013 (Kerrville Daily Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The deadline for candidates to get a spot on the May municipal ballot is 5 p.m. today and, as of this morning, only the two incumbents seeking re-election have filed.
Councilwoman Stacie Keeble is seeking her third term, and Councilman Carson Conklin is seeking his second. As of Thursday, only one other person had picked up a candidate's packet from City Hall, and no one else had turned in a petition to run.
The city's charter review commission already voted not to recommend any changes to go to voters on this year's ballot to avoid forcing an election. If no other candidates filed today, the city would cancel the May election.
That would save taxpayers about $6,000 in election expenses. It would be the first time anyone can recall that the city has canceled an election.
To get a name on the ballot, a candidate must submit a petition with the signatures of at least 75 registered voters and pay a $25 filing fee. The fee is waived for petitions with the signatures of 100 registered city voters.
Hopefuls who don't want to collect the signatures can file to be a write-in candidate before the March 1 deadline. Write-in candidates have to meet the same requirements as any other candidate and still have to pay the $25 fee, but their names will not appear on the ballot.
Council members serve two-year terms and receive a $25 per meeting stipend, although most members do not accept the pay. Elections are held annually with two seats decided one year and the other two along with the mayor in the next year.
Council members are elected at-large, not from wards or precincts, so Kerrville voters get to vote in each race regardless of where they reside inside the city.
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