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Filing period for April election extended to Dec. 26

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Individuals who are still debating whether to run for a municipal, park district or library district seat now have two more days to mull over their decision.
Originally, the filing period for those seats was to run from next Monday through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 23.
But Vandalia City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the city council last week that city clerks throughout Illinois successfully lobbied to have the final filing date changed.
Now, potential candidates have until the end of the day on Dec. 26 to file their petitions.
Mayor Rick Gottman explained to the council that had the filing deadline been Dec. 23, Bowen or a member of her staff would have had to be at work on what is a city holiday.
Bowen said that the change was made after she and other city clerks contacted state representatives and senators about making the change.
At the April 9 election, Vandalia residents will elect a mayor, city clerk and four aldermen, one in each ward.
Gottman has announced that he will run for a fifth term, and Brian Stout has also announced that he will run for the mayoral post
Bowen will also run for a fifth term, and she is the only person thus far to obtain nomination papers.
Aldermen up for re-election in the spring include: Ward I, Jerry Swarm; Ward II, Angie Rhodes; Ward III, Mike Hobler; and Ward IV, Andy Lester.
One city officer post that will not be on the ballot next spring is city treasurer. The city council voted in July to change the treasurer’s job to an appointed position.
Also up for election in the spring are four seats on the Vandalia Park District Board: two six-year terms; one two-year, unexpired term; and one four-year, unexpired term.