Filings for city, school positions open: Most incumbents file againFilings for seats on the Alexandria City Council, as well as the Alexandria District 206 School Board, are now open.
By: Celeste Beam, Alexandria Echo Press
Filings for seats on the Alexandria City Council, as well as the Alexandria District 206 School Board, are now open.
The filing period opened on Tuesday and will remain open for two weeks. It will close Tuesday, August 17.
The fee to file for either the city council or the school board is $2.
If people are interested in filing for a city council position, they need to go to the City Hall to fill out the necessary paperwork. Potential candidates for school board can go to the district office, which is located at Woodland Elementary School.
There are three seats open on the city council and all three current members have filed – Cindy Bigger, Ward 1; Sara Carlson, Ward 2; and Dave Benson, Ward 4.
According to Alexandria City Administrator Jim Taddei, Bigger was appointed to fill an unexpired term on April 23, 2007; Carlson was appointed to fill an unexpired term on October 14, 2004 and then she was elected to serve in 2007. Benson, he said, was elected to serve in 1997.
Currently, city council members serve four-year terms. However, that wasn’t always the case; council members used to serve two-year terms, which is why Benson’s years don’t match up, said Taddei.
There are four members up for re-election on the school board – Dean Anderson, who currently serves as chair, Alan Zeithamer, Judy Florell and Jean Robley.
Carol Gaffaney with School District 206 said Anderson, Zeithamer and Robley have all refiled for their positions. Florell has not refiled and is not expected to, she said.
Gaffaney said Sara Reemts has filed for position 4, which is currently held by Florell.
Anderson, who serves in position 3, has been on the school board since 1989. Zeithamer has been a member of the board since 1993 and currently sits in position 2 and Robley, who sits in position 5, has been a member of the school board since 2007.
School board members serve four-year terms, noted Gaffaney.
She noted that if anyone else plans on filing for any of the open positions, the district office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.