Next April, the city of Seymour will elect a new mayor.
As it now stands, the winner will be a newcomer to elected office.
The end result even could be the city’s first female mayor.
The race’s field grew from one to two late Monday afternoon when Richard Bell entered the race, joining first-day filer Alicia Hagen.
Bell is known to many in the community as a pack and troop leader for the Seymour Scouts. He’s also been a volunteer at the Seymour Community Library with the Seymour Friends of the Library organization.
Hagen is a longtime city resident and the owner of Elect Home Care in Rogersville. She currently serves as the president of the Seymour Planning & Zoning Commission and has served as the chairman of the Santa’s Workshop event in Seymour for more than two decades.
She was the first candidate to file last Tuesday morning when the three-week window for filing for city offices opened at Seymour City Hall.
Six days later, Bell added his name to the mayor’s ballot.
Filing remains open until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Candidates for city office must file during regular business hours at Seymour City Hall.
The city’s new mayor will fill the seat previously held by Richard Vinson, who was nearing the completion of his second, two-year term of office when he resigned in August after selling his home and moving outside the city limits.
In the interim, South Ward Alderman Dan Wehmer, the mayor pro tem, has served as the city’s acting mayor until the completion of Vinson’s term next April.
Wehmer will not seek the mayor’s office.
That’s because he filed last Tuesday for his current seat as a South Ward alderman.
He’s completing his second term in the position after previously filling an unexpired term in the seat.
Also filing on Tuesday was another incumbent, North Ward Alderman Jim Ashley, who is the city’s most-senior officeholder with 10 years of service.
Ashley and Wehmer filed for two-year seats for their respective positions in the upcoming April 5 election.
The mayor’s term also is for two years.
Other members of the Seymour Board of Aldermen are North Ward Alderman Darrel “Bub” Wallace and South Ward Alderman Nadine Crisp. Both are in their first year of two-year terms.
On the Seymour R-II Board of Education, three candidates have filed for a pair of three-year seats.
First to file was Bob Crump, who has previously served the school board for three-year terms on two occasions.
He’s joined in the race by two incumbents.
They are Ashley Kelley and Josh Wright, who are completing their first terms of office on the seven-member board.
All three filed on the first day, school officials said.
Filing occurs at the district’s administration office, located on East Clinton Avenue (Business 60), just east of the Seymour Community Library.
Other members of the local school board include Debbie Baker, Stacy Kleier, Brad Leonard, Kim Wilkins and Heidi Young.