By Tammy Moore Teague
The filing period for candidates seeking office within South Sebastian county municipalities will begin tomorrow. Those whose name will be on the General Election ballot must file a petition, a political pledge and an affidavit of eligibility between July 27, 2018 and noon August 17, 2018.
According to Darlene Neumeier, the office manager for the Sebastian County Clerk, “the petition must state the same position and position number, if any, as stated on the candidates political practices pledge, affidavit of eligibility and notice of candidacy.” Anyone who is seeking a seat on the city council, needs to be prepared to provide the clerk’s office with the ward and seat number. Additionally, the position cannot be changed once identified on the notice of candidacy, petition and political practices pledge. If the candidate were to change their mind in regards to the position, all three must be withdrawn and then refiled.
The filing is a request for the candidates name to appear on the general election ballot. “The petition must request that the name of the person be placed on the ballot for election to the office identified on the petition, and each of the elector signing the petition must be a registered voter,” added Neumeier.
If you are interested in running for city council, you can contact your city’s clerk, who can provide you with information on ward and position numbers. To begin the filing process for either position, mayor or city council, you will need to go the Greenwood Courthouse and pick up a candidate’s packet. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to call the Sebastian County Clerk’s Office at 479-782-5065.
After the filing date passes, Resident Press will report on those candidates who have petitioned to be on the ballot come November.