With two weeks left to file, there’s already a nearly full field for West University municipal elections.
Councilmember Bob Higley was first out of the gate, wanting a promotion to the top spot on the city council. He filed the necessary signatures to place his name on the ballot on Jan. 16. Higley has a long tenure of service West University Place municipal affairs.
Seeking to fill the other spots on the City Council dais are first-time candidates Ed Sobash, Kevin Trautner, and John Barnes. But there is plenty of time for additional candidates to file – the deadline is Feb. 15.
West University Place holds its general elections to elect its Mayor and four council members in May of odd-numbered years, this year on May 4.
Mayor Susan Sample is term-limited, as is Mayor Pro Tem Mardi Turner. Councilmember Kellye Burke has not announced her intentions, and recently appointed Councilmember Kevin Boyle is expected to toss his hat in the ring for either the mayor’s race or to run for a full term on the city council.
Higley lives on Belmont Street and has been a West University Place resident for 48 years. Sobash, a 19-year resident, lives on Amherst Street. Trautner is 22-year resident and lives on Belmont Street. Barnes is a third-generation resident of the city and lives on property originally purchased by his grandparents in 1941.
All council positions are city-wide — the top four vote-getters earn council seats.
Balloting will run from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, with all five of the city’s precincts voting at the Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.