4 file for mayoral primary races

Daily Clarion/Andrea Howe The filing period for the spring primary in municipal elections is underway, with Dennis Gray, Bob Hurst and Mike Stilwell filing their petitions of candidacy early Wednesday morning in the Gibson County Clerk's voter registration office. Pictured l-r are Gray, Hurst, and Stilwell with his sister (left) and wife (right).

PRINCETON — New and familiar names will be on the ballots in spring municipal primary elections.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the filing period for potential candidates, and some were waiting at the door to file before the Gibson County Voter Registration Office opened at 8 a.m.

Former Princeton city employee Dennis Gray and Gibson County Councilman Mike Stilwell were the first to file, with former mayor Bob Hurst arriving moments later.

Gray seeks the Republican primary nomination for the Princeton City Council District 3 seat currently held by Democrat Jim Maglis. Maglis filed his petition seeking the Democrat nomination for re-election Wednesday afternoon.

Stilwell announced last month his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Mayor of Princeton. Incumbent Princeton Mayor Brad Schmitt also filed his petition of candidacy Wednesday for the GOP nomination in his bid for a second term.

Hurst, who served as mayor from 2005 through 2015, filed his petition seeking the Democratic nomination.

Other candidates filing Wednesday in Princeton municipal primary elections:

• Incumbent Republican Princeton Clerk-Treasurer Mindy Brines, seeking re-election.

• Princeton Common Council District 4 incumbent Sheri L. Greene, seeking the Democratic nomination for election.

Fire chief files for OC mayor

Oakland City Fire Chief James Deffendall filed later Wednesday afternoon in the Republican Oakland City mayoral primary.

Other Oakland city municipal primary filings:

• Susie Basham, Oakland City, seeking the Democrat nomination for Oakland City Clerk-Treasurer.

• Michael R. McGregor, seeking the Republican nomination for Oakland City Common Council District 2.

• George E. Armes, seeking the Republican nomination for Oakland City Common Council District 3.

Filing deadline Feb. 8

The filing period is open for anyone seeking the nomination of a major party in municipal elections as well as independents or anyone filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate.

It’s open for declarations of candidacy for nomination by a town convention in any town with a population of less than 3,500.

The filing period continues daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. until noon Friday, Feb. 8.

The last day to withdraw candidacy is noon, Monday, Feb. 11.

Municipal elections include mayoral, city council and city clerk/treasurer while town elections include town council and town clerk/treasurer.

The primary election is Tuesday, May 7 and the general municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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