There were a few runoff elections across the state last Tuesday and while Booneville and Logan County were not part of them, that didn’t mean there was no campaigning.
Last Tuesday the first candidate signs for a mayoral candidate were erected in the city.
The signs were up about five weeks in advance of the official filing period for municipal candidates, which will begin at noon on Friday, July 27 and continue through noon on Friday, Aug. 17.
Petitions are expected to be available in the Logan County Clerk’s offices in Booneville and Paris beginning on July 9.
The aforementioned mayoral race in Booneville is expected to be a crowded field with no less than three and, perhaps as many as five or six names on the ballot.
The current mayor, Jerry Wilkins, who has served four four-year terms, was first elected to the office in a four person race in 2002.
Whether interest matches the level here or not, there will also be mayoral opening county wide as Magazine, Blue Mountain, Ratcliff, Scranton and Paris are all open.
Also up this cycle is the city clerk position in Booneville where Gaylene West, who won a three person race for the office in 2012, is also seeing an end of her term.
The Magazine Recorder/Treasurer position, also a four-year position, will not be open again until 2020.
As is the case every two years, all six Booneville city council positions are also open. Interest has also been shown in a particular ward within the city, according to officials.
Similarly council positions in Magazine and Blue Mountain will also be open.