Candidates seeking office in the citywide election next April may begin filing their official election paperwork for it this month. Candidacy filing begins on Tuesday, December 17 and ends on Tuesday, January 21. There are seats becoming open next spring on city councils, school boards, and ambulance districts.
The city of Cuba has four aldermanic seats up for grabs—one council seat in each of the city’s three wards, along with a special election to fulfill the remainder of Alderman Ralph Bayless’ term of office in Ward 2. Bayless passed away in November, and his seat is temporarily being filled by Maurice Grant until the April special election. All of the terms of office are for two years.
Other Cuba government elected positions to be decided next April include that of mayor, marshal, and collector. The terms of office are two years, except for the city marshal’s office, which is a four-year term.
Candidates for mayor must be 25 or older, a US citizen, and a resident and inhabitant of Cuba for at least one year prior to the April 8 election. Candidates for alderman must be 21 or older, a US citizen, and a resident for one year. Candidates for collector must be 18 or older, and marshal candidates must be 21 or older. All candidates must be registered voters, live inside the city limits, and have paid any outstanding city taxes.
The Bourbon City Council will be looking to fill aldermanic positions, one in each of the two wards. The mayor’s seat is also becoming open again next April. All seats have two-year terms of office.
Filing for city offices in Cuba and Bourbon takes place at each appropriate city hall.
The North Crawford County Ambulance Board has two member seats opening up on the board of directors: one seat in District 1 (City of Cuba) and another in District 4 (City of Bourbon). Interested candidates may inquire at 573-885-3793. Filing takes place at the ambulance headquarters in Cuba, located at 101 American Way.
In school board elections, both the Bourbon and Cuba school boards have three seats up for grabs in the April election. The board seats will have terms of three years. Candidate filing takes place at the administrative offices for each appropriate school district. Note that those offices are closed for some holiday vacation periods around the Christmas through New Year’s Eve break.
School board membership requires that candidates be at least 24 years old, US citizens, Missouri residents for at least one year prior to the election, and resident taxpayers of the appropriate district at the time of filing.