Filing to begin for local elections

The filing period for this year’s municipal election opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Anyone wanting to run for city or town offices must file paperwork declaring their candidacy with the county clerk’s office at the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown.

Clerk-treasurer Amanda Cunningham Lowery said candidates running for city and town councils also must live in the district in which they plan to run, unless it’s an at-large seat.

Seymour has two at-large seats.

The final day to file is noon Feb. 6.

Lowery said although it’s a smaller election, she hopes to see a good number of people run.

“We’ve had several calls from people wanting to know when filing starts, so I suspect we’re going to see some new candidates.”

She said she also expects to see most incumbents file including current Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman.

“I expect he’ll be one of the first ones here,” Lowery said.

Luedeman is the only one to have made a public announcement of his intent to run for his third term

as mayor.

Jackson County Democratic Party chairwoman Jeanette Hackman said she wasn’t aware of anyone else running for mayor but said the party would be looking to field a candidate.

Also up for election are the clerk-treasurer office, presently held by Republican Fred Lewis, and all seven city council seats in Seymour, along with town council seats in Brownstown, Crothersville and Medora.

One seat on Seymour’s City Council remains vacant after the resignation of Jennifer Siefker.

Lowery said Republicans will hold a caucus soon to fill the at-large seat before the primary election in May, at which time it will be up for election.

“Several people have expressed interest in that,”

she said.

Siefker stepped down in late October after announcing her plans to move to Washington state.

Municipal elections are held every four years. The general election will be conducted in November.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.