By COREY NOLES
Statesman Staff Writer
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. - While most people haven't even begun to think about it yet, workers at Stoddard County Clerk Joe Watson's office are preparing for yet another election.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 will mark the official opening day for candidates to file for the April 2, 2013 municipal election. Candidates may file for office until January 15.
The last day a resident may register to vote is March 6, 2013 if they wish to vote in the election.
Numerous city and school board offices are up for grabs this year, but little word has been given yet as to who plans to seek (re)election.
The following seats are open throughout Stoddard County:
* Advance-Mayor (Ritter), Ward 1 Alderman (Shirrell), Ward 2 Alderman (Page)
* Bell City-Mayor (Pikey), Ward 1Alderman (Steiner), Ward 2 Alderman (Burton)
* Bernie-Ward 1 Alderman (Young), Ward 2 Alderman (Gage), Ward 3 Alderman (Mekan), an additional one-year term for the other Ward 3 seat will be voted on as well.
* Bloomfield- Mayor (Staggs), North Ward Alderman (Medlin), North Ward Alderman (one-year term), South Ward Alderman (Supancic), Collector (Ruth McGee)
* Dexter-Ward 1 Alderman (Battles), Ward 2 Alderman (Aslin), Ward 3 Alderman (Taylor)
* Dudley-Mayor (Mullins), Ward 2 Alderman (Robinson), Ward 1 Alderman (Dugger)
* Essex-unable to be reached
* Puxico- Mayor (Mitchell), Ward 1 Alderman (McLean), Ward 2 Alderman (Dunivan), Collector (Cooper), Municipal Judge (Devaughn)
* Advance R-4 School Board-seats currently held by David Kennedy, Danny Seger, Hiram Jones
* Bell City R-2 School Board-seats currently held by Kerry Lasters, Burley McIntyre
* Bernie R-13 School Board-seats currently held by David Blevins, Ronnie Owens
* Bloomfield R-14 School Board-seats currently held by Dave Cooper, Don Lafferty
* Dexter R-11 School Board-seats currently held by Herman Morse, Nancy Mayer
* Puxico R-8 School Board-seats currently held by Patti McLean, Dan Camden
* Richland R-1 School Board-seats currently held by David Hueckel, David DeJournett
Township and Special Road District seats are also up for election throughout the county.
Regular updates regarding the upcoming April 2013 municipal elections will appear in future editions of The Daily Statesman as information is received.
Municipal election filing opens across county today