4 seats to re-open next week for filing
As filing week closed last Friday, there are still a few seats on local governing boards that remain open.
Of the 173 positions that will be on the November ballot, 38 remain open across the county because no one has filed for the position, said Dedra Osborn of the Grant County Elections Department.
No one has filed for the mayor’s position on the George City Council, as well as one open seat on the Quincy hospital district’s board and two open seats on the Quincy School Board.
A special three-day filing period for only those seats that did not garner any filings will be held May 27-29. Candidates can file at the elections office from 8 a.m. May 27 through 5 p.m. May 29. Or, they can file online from 9 a.m. May 27 through 4 p.m. May 29.
For those seats that still do not see any filings, the incumbent is rolled over onto the November ballot. If the incumbent does not want the position, then the respective board must appoint a new person to the seat.
The filings show that local voters will have at least one decision to make in the Aug. 4 primary election. The Quincy City Council’s position No. 6, held for only two weeks by Gina Saldaña, has drawn three interested candidates, including Saldaña, Warren D. Lybbert and Sonia O. Pardon.
The position was opened when Dustin Petersen resigned. Saldaña, Lybbert and Pardon were among seven candidates who applied for the unexpired position. The candidate who wins election on Nov. 7 will serve out the remainder of the term through 2017.
Of the four Quincy City Council races this year, only one is uncontested. Voters also will see contested races at the Quincy Cemetery District and the Quincy Port District, where longtime Commissioner Brian Kuest will be up against former Quincy City Councilman Jeremy McCreary. The other filings are:
Quincy City Council, position No. 1: incumbent Scott Lybbert vs. Josey Ferguson
Quincy City Council, position No. 3: incumbent Tom Harris
Quincy City Council, position No. 7: incumbent Manny Guerrero vs. David Durfee Jr.
George City Council, position No. 1: incumbent Janet Boen
George City Council, position No. 5: incumbent Clayton D. Richmond vs. Clayton L. O’Brien.
Quincy School District, position No. 3: Susan Lybbert
Grant County Fire District No. 3, position No. 1: incumbent James Reiman
Grant County Hospital District No. 2, position No. 2: incumbent Anthony Gonzalez
Crescent Bar Sewer District, position No. 1: incumbent Burt C. Lucas
Crescent Bar Sewer District, position No. 2: incumbent Ross E. Clemenshaw
Crescent Bar Sewer District, position No. 3: incumbent Robert A. Miner
Quincy Cemetery District, position No. 2: incumbent Mike Scharbach vs. Linda Garza Guzman
Quincy Cemetery District, position No. 3 (two-year, unexpired term): Jack E. Gottschalk vs. Kelly A. Hobbs
— By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com