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Gottman, Stout file for mayor

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Filing period ends Dec. 26

By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

It’s official – Vandalia will have a mayoral race in April.
Rick Gottman, who will seek a fourth mayoral term in the spring, was among the municipal candidates turning in petitions as the filing period for the April election began on Monday.
Petitions for the spring elections are being accepted through the end of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Also filing for the mayoral race on Monday was Brian Stout, who announced in August his plans to run for the city’s top office.
Those filing on Monday included Peggy Bowen, who will be running for a fifth term as city clerk. Bowen thus far has no opposition.
Filing petitions for aldermanic seats on Monday included incumbents Jerry Swarm (Ward I) and Mike Hobler (Ward III), and Dorothy Crawford, who is a candidate in Ward II.
Aldermen whose terms expire in the spring include Swarm, Hobler, Angie Rhodes (Ward II) and Andy Lester (Ward III).
Also on the April ballot is the election of Vandalia Park District Board commissioners.
Up for election are two six-year terms; one two-year, unexpired term; and one four-year, unexpired term.
Municipal petitions are available, and are filed, at the city clerk’s office, and park district petitions are available at the park district office inside the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center.