Next year will be full of local elections, with the early processes for them beginning in a few weeks.
Filing for the 2022 Municipal Election opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7. That filing period remains open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28. Historically, that filing period had gone into January in previous years, but recent state legislation altered that time frame.
The Municipal Election will happen on April 5.
There are three City Council positions on the line in the election. There are two, full three-year seats, which are currently held by Mayor Zac Burden and Mayor Pro Tem Jessica Parks.
The third spot is for an unexpired term that has one year remaining. That is for the term previously held by Chuck Long when he was re-elected in 2018. Jennifer Walston was appointed to fill that position this past year, with the election deciding who will finish the remainder of the term.
There are two positions up for grabs on the Kirksville R-III School Board. Those are both three-year terms, with Gayla McHenry and John McConnell being the current holders of those positions.
Citizens interested in running for City Council can submit the necessary filing information at City Hall. And those interested in running for the School Board can do the same at the Superintendent’s Office.
Next year will also be a busy one for several county elections later on in the calendar.
The seats for Associate Circuit Judge, Presiding County Commissioner, County Clerk, Collector of Revenue, County Treasurer, Recorder of Deeds, Prosecuting Attorney and Circuit Clerk will all be on the ballot.
A new Presiding Judge over the 2nd Circuit Court will also be decided next year. Judge Russell Steele will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 in February. So Gov. Mike Parson will appoint an interim judge, then the general election will decide who will serve the remaining two years on that six-year term.
For the Aug. 2 Primary Election, filing will open on Feb. 22 and run until March 29. Filing for the Nov. 8 General Election will then begin on July 12 and close on Aug. 30.