The most recent list of candidate filings for City and School Board elections is looking sparse. The election filing deadline is Tuesday Jan. 22 at noon. There are six at-large spots up for grabs for the Wellington City Council, and three seats on the USD 353 Board of Education.
As of Jan. 11, no one has signed up for the BOE. Dist. 1, Position 4 (currently held by Maria Cornejo), Dist. 2, Position 5 (currently held by Dixie Blankenship), and Dist. 3, Position 6 (currently held by Dena Martens). People interested in filing must do so with the Sumner County Election Officer by noon on Jan. 22. Contact the election office for filing fee/petition information.
**UPDATE** Maria Cornejo is running again for Dist. 1, Position 4. Larry Mangan has filed for Dist. 2, Position 5, and Jason Newberry is running for Dist. 3, Position 6. This is the latest info as of 3 p.m. on Jan. 18.
As of Jan. 16, three people have put their name in the proverbial hat for the City Council. They are Terry Nunemaker, Kim Woodrow, and Kelly Green. Nunemaker and Woodrow currently serve on the council. Kelly Green attempted to get on the Council when Jon Holmes stepped down in 2012. The election filing deadline for the City Council is Jan. 22 at noon at city hall.
**UPDATE** Another candidate has filed for City Council as of 1:45 p.m., former City Council Member, Jim Valentine has filed. Valentine served on the council for a number of years up until 2011. **
**UPDATE** Chase Weber, Lynne Tompkins, and Jarod Nance have all filed for City Council. Weber is a current council member. This was as of the close of business on Jan. 18.
Keep in mind, government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
**UPDATE** The amount of candidates more than doubled on Jan. 22. Noah List, John Tracy; current council members, John Brand, Lannon Taylor, and Jan Korte. Former State Rep. Vince Wetta, Russell Rains, and current council member, Larry Shimer.
Once six or more candidates are signed up, once the election rolls around, the top three vote getters will serve four-year terms. The bottom three will serve two-year terms. City Candidates must pay a $10 filing fee or obtain 12 signatures of registered voters.
For more information about City election seats, contact the City of Wellington.