Now there are three.
Three who want to be Seymour’s next mayor.
Early Monday morning, South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp joined the city’s mayoral race, filing at 10:30 a.m., giving the field three candidates as the race also includes William Pogue and Richard Vinson.
Crisp is in the first year of a two-year term as a Seymour alderman. She was narrowly elected last April in a four-person race in the South Ward, defeating top challenger Dustin Wierman by only two votes.
It is her second consecutive term as an alderman after she defeated incumbent Dean Rowe in 2016.
Prior to the opening of filing, Crisp openly stated that she would be a candidate for mayor, as Vinson, the incumbent, indicated he may not seek another term of office.
Crisp is known to many in the community as the former owner of Seymour Auto Parts, which she owned for more than 35 years before selling the business to the national O’Reilly Auto Parts.
When the citywide election arrives this April 7, the ballot will include three candidates with experience in Seymour’s city government.
Pogue currently is a North Ward alderman in the first year of a two-year term. Previously, he served for a decade as a North Ward alderman, including several years as the city’s mayor pro tem.
Last year, he retired after working three decades for the Seymour R-II School District, including nearly 15 years as the district’s maintenance director.
Vinson is completing his first two-year term as Seymour’s mayor.
He was elected in 2018, defeating the incumbent, Larry Chafin.
A rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, Vinson filed for a second term just before the end of the year.
Pogue was first to file as he entered the race on the first day of filing.
Should Crisp or Pogue win the race, a replacement can be selected to fill the remaining one year on their respective terms of office. Aldermen also have the option of leaving the seat open until the next city election in April 2021.
Should Crisp or Pogue lose the race, either would remain in their respective alderman seats.
In the one of the city’s other two races this April, there has been no action since the first day of filing.
Incumbent Jim Ashley is unopposed for a two-year term in the city’s North Ward.
However, incumbent Dan Wehmer faces a challenge for the same term in the South Ward.
Wehmer’s opponent is Delores Matney, who signed up just before 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.
She is a former city treasurer.
Filing for all city offices remains open until 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21. Candidates must file at Seymour City Hall on the northwest corner of the city square.