A couple more people are attempting to become the newest Mayor of Brazil.
Since the time period opened to file a declaration of candidacy for the May 3 Municipal Primary Election, nine individuals have thrown their hat into the political ring, four of which are running for mayor.
Through 1 p.m., Friday, Incumbent Democrat Ann Bradshaw had filed her intent to be re-elected, but could find a crowded room as fellow Democrats Bryan Wyndham and Beverly Sue Chaney have also filed to be on the ballot. On the Republican side, Gary D. Rickert, who was elected to the Brazil Township Board in 2010, has also filed a declaration of candidacy in the mayor's race.
For the five positions on the Common Council of the City of Brazil, candidates have only filed for three of them at this point.
Incumbent Democrat Brad Deal has declared his intent to be re-elected to his position as representative of Ward 1, while At-Large representative Patricia (Pat) Heffner, who is a Republican, could see competition in November as Democrat Tyler W. Hutcheson is currently running for the same position. In addition, Bill Lovett is running to be re-elected to his position as Ward 4 representative.
With Primary Elections having straight-ticket ballots, each of those candidates would only have competition in May if a candidate from the same party files by the noon, Friday, Feb. 18 deadline.
The only other individual who has filed a declaration of candidacy so far is Democrat Karen McQueen, who is seeking re-election as Brazil Clerk-Treasurer.
Other spots on the council in which no candidate has filed are Ward 2 (currently held by Sam Glover) and Wards 3/6 (represented by Steve Lamb).
Lamb had announced his intention to run independently in November 2009, and has until noon, Thursday, June 30, to file a petition of nomination for the purpose of verifying petition signatures. Based on the ballots cast in the 2010 Secretary of State election, Lamb only needs to collect 10 signatures from residents living in Wards 3 and 6 combined.
Following the Feb. 18 to file a declaration of candidacy, candidates will have until noon, Monday. Feb. 21, to change their minds and withdraw from the Municipal Primary Election ballot.
Voter registration, which is currently open, will end at the close of business Monday, April 4, for the Primary Election.
Other than registering at the Clay County Election Office or a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, residents may fill out an application online at www.indianavoters.com. Through the website, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct, as the information becomes available to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. In addition, a mobile version of the site was made available in October 2010.
The entire 2011 Municipal Election Calendar is available for viewing at www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/2011Calen....