City coun­cil elec­tion fil­ing dead­line Mon­day

Markham only can­di­date who has filed

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

With the fil­ing dead­line quickly ap­proach­ing, only one can­di­date has filed for the three seats up for grabs in the April 10 city coun­cil elec­tion.

Those in­ter­ested in run­ning have un­til 5 p.m. Mon­day to file.

In­cum­bent Stu Markham, seek­ing his sev­enth two-year term as the coun­cil­man from Dis­trict 6, filed his nom­i­nat­ing pe­ti­tion Mon­day night. A res­i­dent of the The Hunt at Lou­viers, Markham was first elected in 2006 and also serves as deputy mayor.

The other seats up for grabs this year are Dis­trict 3, cur­rently held by Jen Wal­lace, and Dis­trict 5, cur­rently held by Luke Chap­man, who an­nounced last month he will not seek re-elec­tion. Wal­lace has not said pub­licly if she plans to run again.

City Sec­re­tar y Re­nee Bens­ley said six peo­ple be­sides Markham have picked up nom­i­nat­ing pack­ets – the first step in fil­ing to run – but as of Wed­nes­day night, none have turned them in.

In or­der to be el­i­gi­ble to run, a po­ten­tial can­di­date must be a reg­is­tered voter, re­side in the dis­trict he or she is seek­ing to rep­re­sent, have lived in the city for at least one year, and sub­mit a nom­i­nat­ing pe­ti­tion signed by 10 qual­i­fied vot­ers in the dis­trict.

Bens­ley said some can­di­dates pre­fer to file early to give them­selves more time to cam­paign, while oth­ers wait un­til the last minute. In re­cent years, she added, it seems most wait un­til the fi­nal days to cre­ate “an el­e­ment of sur­prise.”

If no one files for a par­tic­u­lar seat by the dead­line, the seat would be de­clared va­cant in April, trig­ger­ing a spe­cial elec­tion.

“I think it’s un­likely that will hap­pen,” Bens­ley said.

Residents have un­til March 19 to reg­is­ter to vote.

Any in­di­vid­ual who is at least 18 years old and is reg­is­tered to vote with the state of Delaware at a res­i­dence within the cor­po­rate lim­its of the city of Ne­wark is el­i­gi­ble to vote. If you are un­sure if you are reg­is­tered, call the city sec­re­tary’s of­fice at 302-3667000, and a staff mem­ber can look up your reg­is­tra­tion. You may reg­is­ter to vote through the Delaware Depart­ment of Elec­tions.

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