BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – All three current Fort Madison city councilman and the mayor have indicated they will be running for re-election on Nov. 7.
Nomination papers and affidavits are available at the Fort Madison City Clerk’s office at 811 Avenue E.
The seats that will be on the ballot in the fall include the Mayor’s seat, which is a two-year term. Current Mayor Brad Randolph said he will be looking to be re-elected and Fort Madison resident Chris Sorrentino has said he will be seeking that office as well.
Councilman Brian Wright said he will also be looking to retain his chair in council chambers. His seat is a four-year term.
‘I am going to run,” Wright said this morning.
The 4th Ward seat is currently head by Mark Lair and is also a four-year term.
“Right now, I am planning on it,” Lair said of seeking re-election.
The other position available will be an at-large seat, currently held by Rusty Andrews who indicated this morning that he too will be trying to hold onto that seat.
Petitions and affidavits must be turned into the City Clerk’s office and the earliest date to file is Monday, August 28. The last day to file papers is Thursday, September 21. The City Clerk’s office will be open until 5 p.m. on September 21st in order to accept petitions.
A candidate must be 18 years of age when his or her Nomination Petition is filed. Candidates must live within the City of Fort Madison. Persons signing the petition must live in the City of Fort Madison.
To be on the ballot, candidates for 2nd and 4th Ward would need a minimum of 10 signatures. Mayoral candidates would need 11 signatures, and at-large candidates would need 33 signatures. City officials recommended that candidates obtain more than the required number of signatures on their petitions to guard against possible unacceptable signatures causing the petitions to be invalid.