Municipal election sign ups continue across the region, and the city of Caruthersville, MO finally has its first mayoral candidate. As of Dec. 30, Rick Brandon has signed up to run for the position. The city has been without a mayor since May of this year, after long time Mayor Diane Sayre passed away. The Council has been in gridlock over appointing a mayor, failing to agree with the appropriate number of votes necessary, then tabling the action and not allowing it to be put back on the table for discussion.
“My decision to run for Mayor was because the city of Caruthersville needs to move forward,” Brandon said, “The Mayor and Council form of government must coexist, utilizing all available resources to bring employment, build and maintain a self-sufficient financial status, all without passing it on to the tax payers.” Brandon said his decision to run for the position was his hopes to help better the community.
There have been no other recent sign ups. Councilpersons Barbara Rodgers and Sheila Simpson have signed up for re-election and Simpson is facing an opponent, Nick Cartee. City Treasurer Tekella Motton, City Collector Donna Brooks, and City Marshall Tony Jones have all filed for re-election and as of press time were still unopposed.
The Pemiscot Memorial Health Systems Board of Directors that consists of five members all have to run this election as they were appointed after resignations of the entire Board earlier this year. So far, Russell Gilmore has signed up for the one year unexpired term, Delila Swinger has chosen to run for the three year unexpired term, Steve Reid has signed up for the four year unexpired term, and Eddie Brooks has filed for the five year regular term. All four of these persons now hold the seats after being appointed by the County Commission.
The deadline to sign up is Jan. 21, 2014 and the election will be held on Apr. 8, 2014.