Clark picks up mayoral petition; Black considering run for city council

A former member and chairman of the Fayette County Board is considering a run for a seat on the Vandalia City Council, and a former Vandalia businessman is considering a run for mayor.

According to information from City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Dean Black has picked up candidacy papers for a Ward II seat on the council.

The Ward II seat had been occupied by Barbie Elliott until her resignation this past summer.

Black is one of five individuals picking up candidacy papers. The four others are incumbent aldermen, Jerry Swarm in Ward I, Mike Hobler and Lisa McNutt in Ward III and Chad Feldpouch in Ward IV.

Swarm, Black, Hobler and Feldpouch have taken out papers for four-year terms. McNutt, who was appointed to the seat her father, Von Duggins, occoccupied, has taken out papers for a two-year term.

Anyone picking up nomination forms do not officially become candidates until candidacy papers are filed.

Mayor Rick Gottman has announced that he will seek a third term in office, and Neil Clark has also picked up nominating papers for the mayoral post.

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