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City Council election filing deadline looms

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Sep 07, 2017

As Fairfield’s school board elections draw near, city council elections are just around the corner; and the filing deadline is two weeks away.

“Oh my gosh, we’ve got seats open that people haven’t even applied for,” said City Clerk Joy Messer, commenting that the deadline to file papers is Sept. 21. “We’ve got 2nd Ward, 4th Ward, at-large and the mayor seat is open this year.”

Messer said incumbent city council member Doug Flournoy had filed papers for re-election of an at-large seat. However, no one else had returned signed papers for any other seats.

“We’ve had people who have taken papers out for 2nd Ward, but they haven’t brought them back; and nobody has taken out papers for 4th Ward or for mayor,” she said, adding that Fairfield attorney Paul Gandy had taken papers out for 2nd Ward.

With the recent exit of former city administrator Mike Harmon, Mayor Ed Malloy said he’s carefully considering his decision.

“I’m just evaluating everything right now. With the city administrator leaving and everyone being in transition, I’m just concerned that we have all of the leadership that we need. I’m just evaluating it right now and will make a decision soon,” Malloy said.

Besides being civic-minded and having an interest in the community, Messer said qualifications for city government are not as stringent as one might expect.

“They just need to be a resident within the ward that they are running for, but for at-large and mayor, they can live anywhere within the city limits. They have to be old enough to vote, but don’t have to be registered voter,” she said.

Messer said those running for at-large and for the role of city mayor need 25 signatures from community members.

However, those running for 2nd and 4th Ward seats need 10 signatures.

Messer said council jobs require around a 10-hour commitment each week.

“City council meets on the second and fourth Mondays, and there are various committee meetings that each council member is on, which are appointed by the mayor,” she said, further explaining that committee meetings do not have regular meeting times, but meet as they are needed.

Committees include: the ways and means committee; personnel committee; public safety and transportation committee; the property committee; the water, sewer and utilities committee; and the environmental and franchise utilities committee.

Council members serve four-year terms, and the mayor’s term is two years. The city council election is Nov. 7. For more information, contact Messer at 472-6193.

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