With the window to file for local office open ahead of the April 3 election, several citizens have stepped up in Aurora, Marionville and Verona to run for those offices which are up for re-election.
In Aurora, the seats currently held by Mayor Rick Boyer and Steve Ramirez will be up for grabs. Neither have filed for re-election at this point, but the city has received filings from Theresa Pettit and Doyle Ferguson.
Marionville's ballot will see current alderman Chris Murphy on the ticket for mayor, while current mayor Doris Rapp will run for an alderman position in Ward I. The only other filings thus far are from Melissa Freeman (Ward II) and Jessica Wilson, the incumbent in Ward III.
Verona's long-vacant seat on the board of aldermen -- following the resignation of Brittany Thomas -- has one applicant so far in the filing period. Susan Downs-Pikari will run for the seat, for which the board and mayor have been so far unable to agree on a replacement.
Two candidates have also filed for the Verona school board, as the seats occupied by Jeff Hillhouse and Donnie Craft will be up for grabs. Hillhouse has filed for re-election, while Lisa Army will run as a challenger.
For those interested in running for office, there is still time to file, as the filing period closes on January 16.