City officials said two candidates so far have filed to run for seats on the Fort Scott City Commission during the general election this spring.
Current commissioner Sam Mason, whose seat on the panel will be open, plans to seek re-election, and local chiropractor Luke Cosens has also tossed his name in the hat for one of three spots on the commission that will be up for election in April.
The other open seats are currently held by Jeanie Parker and Mayor Jim Adams. The top two vote-getters this spring will be awarded four-year terms on the commission, while the third-place finisher will earn a two-year term.
City Clerk Diane Clay said both Mason and Cosens filed by using the Kansas Non-Partisan City/School Nomination Petition forms bearing the names of 18 qualified electors, or 1 percent of the number of ballots cast in the last city general election (whichever is less).
Both candidates also needed to pay a $35 registration fee required under the Campaign Finance Act. Hopefuls may also file by using the Candidate's Declaration of Intention, which is accompanied by a $10 fee, plus the $35 registration fee.
Local residents interested in becoming a candidate for one of the seats have until Jan. 22 to file. In past elections, some people have waited until the final day to file, Clay said.
Packets can be picked up at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 123 S. Main St. According to state law, if more than 10 people file to run for the commission, a primary will be held Feb. 26. The general election will be April 2.