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Council seats up for grabs

PRINCETON — Princeton registered voters who want to run in next spring's Princeton City Council election can file their candidacy intent next week in Princeton City Hall.

On Tuesday, Deputy City Clerk Peggy Carr said two Princeton Council commissioner positions will be open in the April 9, 2013, consolidated election; those positions are currently held by commissioners Bob Warren and Terry Madsen, who have indicated they will run for re-election.

The filing period for candidates is Nov. 19 through Nov. 26, but city hall is closed Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday, Carr said.

Though candidate packets are available for viewing on the city's website, the packets must be picked up at city hall. Carr said as of Tuesday afternoon, six packets had been picked up.

Candidate packets include a statement of candidacy and a statement of economic interest, which must be filed with the Bureau County Clerk's office with the receipt returned to city hall with the candidacy statement. Also, each candidate must have a petition completed with 21 signatures of Princeton residents.

Candidate qualifications state the person must live within the city limits for at least one year before the election, be a registered voter, must not be in arrears of any tax or other indebtedness owed the city, and must not have been convicted in any United States court of a felony.

Carr said Princeton is on a different, earlier election process schedule than most other communities because Princeton is a managerial form of government with a non-partisan election. If there are more than four people filing for each opening, a primary will need to be held on Feb. 26, 2013.

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