DeVaughn To Seek Re-Election

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

By MICHELLE L. VARVIL

Incumbent municipal judge David DeVaughn will seek re-election April 7.

According to Puxico City Clerk Alice Patrick, DeVaughn, who also serves as municipal judge for Advance and Bloomfield, filed his declaration of candidacy Dec. 31, 2014. As of this report, no other candidate had filed for the two-year term.

A candidate for the office of municipal judge must be a licensed attorney, qualified to practice law within the state of Missouri or shall satisfactorily complete the course of instruction for municipal judges prescribed by the Supreme Court within six months after selection. A candidate does not have to reside within the city limits of Puxico but must be a resident of the state of Missouri. Candidates must be between the ages of 21 and 75. A candidate can serve as a municipal judge for more than one municipality. A candidate for the office of municipal judge can not hold any other office within the city government. This is considered a part-time position so a municipal judge can accept other employment.

Mayor Rick McLean filed a declaration of candidacy Dec. 17 in an attempt to retain his seat. As of this report, no other candidate had filed for the two-year term.

Qualifications to run for the office of mayor include being at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of the city for at least one year next preceding his/her election

Incumbent Ward I Alderman G.S. Kilbreth filed a declaration of candidacy Dec. 17. Incumbent Ward II Alderman Bill Hemby filed Dec. 16. The position of alderman is a two-year term. No other candidate had filed for Ward I or Ward II as of this report.

In order to qualify to run for one of the alderman seats, a candidate must be at least 21 years of age, a citizen of the United States, an inhabitant and resident of the city for at least one year next preceding his/her election and a resident at the time of filing and during the time he/she serves of the ward from which he/she is elected.

In other races, Daniel Dew, who was appointed to fill the office of marshal when Johnny Clark retired Aug. 31, filed a declaration of candidacy Dec. 16. Former Puxico Police Department officer Rick Sheren filed his declaration of candidacy for the four-year term of marshal Dec. 18.

A candidate for the office of marshal must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the city for at least one year before being elected, a registered voter in the city, have no prior felony convictions and shall hold a current state certification for Peace Officer as set forth in Sections 590.100 through 590.150, RSMo.

The incumbent city collector, Patty Cooper, is the only candidate to have filed a declaration of candidacy for that office as of this report. She filed Dec. 16.

This is the first time the office of collector will be a four-year term. In order to serve as collector, a person must be a resident of the city. Once elected, the collector must be bonded in the amount of $10,000 before assuming his/her duties.

All candidates must file Form 5120 with the Missouri Department of Revenue before filling out candidacy forms. This form my be obtained at Puxico City Hall or by visiting http://dor.mo.gov/personal/candidates/.

A declaration of candidacy for all municipal seats shall be filed no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 with Patrick. Candidates may file during regular business hours at Puxico City Hall.

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