Thomas said that three individuals have registered for the City Council. Incumbents Frankie Phillips and Emily Fitzsimmons will vie to keep their seats, while Glenda Williamson filed for her first candidacy last week.
According to Thomas, candidates for the City Council must be a resident of the City of Cadiz for at least one year, be at least 21 years of age, and be a qualified voter within the city of residence for the term of office. To run, a potential candidate must submit a petition of the signatures of at least two registered voters within the city and pay a $25 filing fee.
School Board Districts 2, 4 and 5 will also appear on the November ballot. Thomas said that candidates must pay a $20 filing fee, and maintain Kentucky residency for three years prior to election. School board candidates must also produce documentation of receipt of a high school diploma or a GED. The candidate may hold no other constitutional offices, nor have any conflicts of interest with the school district. District 2 represents the voting precincts of West Cadiz, South Cadiz 1 and Hamtown. District 4 represents Bethesda and Northwest Cadiz. District 5 represents Cerulean, Montgomery, South Cadiz 2 and Roaring Springs. Presently, Debra Bridges serves District 2 on the School Board, while George “Skip” Howe represents District 4 and Mike Davis sits in the District 5 seat.
Thomas said that the Board of Supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District would seat four possibly new members this fall. Thomas said that a potential supervisor needs a petition of 25 signatures to run for the office, and a $20 filing fee. If the number of candidates does not exceed the number of positions available, the supervisors’ posts will not appear on the ballot.
District Conservationist Lorin Boggs said, “This is more of a volunteer position, though supervisors can receive a minimum per diem compensation. We’re looking for people with an interest in agriculture or environmentalism.”
Boggs added that he had not seen an election for the post in 18 years of tenure at his office. He said that the supervisors provide board-level guidance to his office, as a part of the USDA. With advice from supervisors, he said that he implements projects in the interest of soil and water conservation. “We help with the engineering and project implementation after the supervisors decide what they would like for us to do.”
Thomas said that the last day to register for the general election is October 6. Voters may register at the Circuit Clerk’s or County Clerk’s offices, or any state agency at no cost.
The posts of City Councilperson, School Board Representative, and Board of Supervisors for the Soil and Water Conservation District are non-partisan positions, meaning a candidate will not declare a political party affiliation on the ballot.