EFFINGHAM — On the first day possible to file to seek office in the upcoming municipal election in Effingham, two candidates' names are in for the position of mayor.
Former Chief of Police Mike Schutzbach tossed in his name as a candidate for mayor along with current Mayor Jeff Bloemker. Bloemker announced in October that he intended to seek a second term.
Local attorney Scott Ealy has announced his candidacy on Friday, but at last check he hadn't filed with the city clerk.
Bloemker was first in line to file for his re-election when the City Clerk's office opened at 8 a.m. Monday. The final day to file for the municipal election will be at 5 p.m. on Dec. 17.
Bloemker's name will be first on the ballot followed by Schutzbach's.
Bloemker said he wanted to be first on the ballot and had heard several might be seeking the office he currently holds.
“We could have a watered-down vote,” said Bloemker. “It's important to be first on the ballot in that type of environment.”
“I'm serious about this position and I want the people to know they can count on me,” said Bloemker. “I've given the people of Effingham four years and they know what they are getting with me. There shouldn't be any questions about what they are getting.”
Schutzbach said he had no one single issue prompting him to run for office, and added that he is proud of his public service in law enforcement and has more to offer the citizens of Effingham.
Deputy City Clerk Abbey Nosbisch said the election will be held April 2, 2019. The city holds a non-partisan election. The winners of the election are determined by majority vote among all voters in the city's district.
Several were in line to file for city commissioners at 8 a.m. Monday as well. Because several candidates were there at 8 a.m., there will be a lottery held to determine the order the names will appear on the ballot. That will be done at the end of the filing period.
Filing for city council seats are the following: Don Althoff, Kevin Willis, Merv Gillenwater, Kevin Esker and Jayne Miller. All of the candidates are currently serving on the council, with the exception of Jane Miller, who had worked for the city's engineering department until her recent retirement.
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