Filing period will be August 24-26
The Weatherford City Commission passed a proclamation, 4-0, to call for an election for Ward 1 and Ward 3 City Commissioners.
Those offices currently are held by Rick Miller and Warren Goldmann respectfully. Both seats are 3-year terms.
Along with calling for the election, the filing period will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 24-26 at the Custer County Election Board, 633 N. 6th St. in Clinton.
The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, with a general election, if needed, scheduled for Tuesday, February 9.
The day of the election, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
Precinct 18 — 1321 Lark Pine Acres Mennonite Church
Precinct 19 — 704 N. Bryan St. Eugene’s Catholic Church
Precinct 20 — 1709 N. Lyle Life Fellowship Church
Precinct 21 — 817 N. 7th United Methodist Church
All registered and qualified electors, residing within the defined corporate limits of the City of Weatherford, shall be entitled to vote at said election.
However, only those residing in Ward 1 or Ward 3 may file to run.
The election was originally scheduled for August 25, however as first reported by the Weatherford Daily News June 20, the upcoming city commission will be moved, due to a 10-day notice not being given for the filing period.
As part of the rescheduling of the election, the Weatherford City Commission, by vote of 5-0, approved a resolution cancelling the August 25 election.
City Attorney David Duncan said staff will have a resolution on the July agenda to call for a new election, which will be November 3.
The Weatherford Daily News brought to the attention of the City of Weatherford the need for the city to publish a required legal about the change of filing periods for city council races.
The purpose of the legal filing is to provide adequate notice to eligible citizens who may be interested in running for office.
There is a 10-day prior to filing period required to make it public by publishing it in a legal newspaper within the city. An oversight resulted in the legal not being published.
The Custer County Election Board, after visiting with legal counsel, acknowledges the error in a press release Friday and declared the filings null and void. Candidates will be required to file again. City filings are free.
The election had been set for August 25 in a special meeting of the Weatherford City Commission. The commission now will be required to set a new election date and the earliest available is November 3 according to the election board.
This resolution did not specify, however, an exact date.
Rick Miller, Cameron Page and Terri Lockhart filed for Ward 1. Miller is the incumbent for Ward 1.
Lezley Bell and Warren Goldmann have filed for Ward 3 and Goldmann is the incumbent for Ward 3.
However, due to the election date change, all candidates must refile August 24-26.