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Notice of Filing Dates & Elected Offices to be Filled

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any qualified voter living within the Seward city limits for at least one year prior to August 15, 2018 may file a declaration of candidacy for one of three available council seats that will be filled at the regular municipal election to be conducted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The Council Member seats currently held by Marianna Keil, Sharyl Seese, and Ristine Casagranda will be available.

Interested candidates will file packets indicating which length of term they desire. There are two term lengths available: one seat will have a two-year term, and two seats will have three-year terms.

Candidate filing packets will be available in the office of the City Clerk beginning Monday, July 23, 2018, and may be filed with the clerk between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from August 1 through August 15, 2018. The City Clerk’s office will not accept applications prior to August 1, 2018.

Questions concerning candidate filing or any other aspect of the election should be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 224-4046.

Brenda Ballou, MMC
City Clerk

October 2, 2018 Municipal Election
Mayor & Council Members are transitioning to 3-year terms, beginning in 2018.

BACKGROUND: On July 24, 2017, the City Council approved Resolution 2017-041 providing for the submission to the qualified voters of Seward the question (Proposition 1) of electing council members and the mayor to three year terms, with two council seats to be filled each year. Proposition 1 was approved by the voters at the October 3, 2017 election.

NEW CITY CODE: Following the passage of Proposition 1, the City Code was updated to reflect the new terms. 2.10.015. - Election of mayor and council. The mayor shall be elected by direct vote of the qualified electors every third year at the general municipal election held on the first Tuesday of October beginning in 2019, for a term of three years, holding office until that term has expired and a successor is elected and qualified. At the general election there shall also be elected annually two members of the city council, each to serve for a term of three years.

TRANSITION PLAN: In 2018, there will be three council member seats up for election - two seats will be for three year terms, and one seat will be for a two year term. In 2019, there will be three council members seats and the mayor up for election - two council seats will be for three year terms, one council seat will be for a one year term, and the mayor will be for a three year term. In 2020, there will be two council seats up for election - both for three year terms. Thereafter, each term will continue to be for three years.

CANDIDATE FILING FOR 2018: Candidate Packets will be ready for pick up beginning Monday, July 23, 2018. The Candidate Filing Period will be from August 1 - 15, 2018, and candidates will file according to the length of term they wish to fill (either two years or three years).

ELECTION DAY will be Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 7 am - 8 pm.

Please contact the City Clerk's office with any questions at (907) 224-4046.

City of Seward • P.O. Box 167, 410 Adams Street City Hall Building • Seward, Alaska 99664 • (907) 224-3331
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