The political scene in Chillicothe is beginning to unfold this week, but voters will not have many choices unless more residents decide to run soon.
City residents began filing for seats around the Chillicothe City Council on Monday.
The only race so far will be for mayor.
For the seat at the top, but only votes in rare occasions, current Ward 1 Alderwoman Sandi Levell is running, as well as a former alderman, Doug Crew.
Both Levell and Crew began drumming up support at Saturday’s Santa Claus parade.
Current Mayor Troy Childers Sr. said a few months ago he planned to retire from city politics. Also picking up packets, but have not filed yet, are resident Dana Bannister and former Mayor Don White.
Residents still may pick up packets at City Hall to run for any office, but must have them filed by 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
Part of the process includes filling out an economic interest statement, which has to be filed at the Peoria County Courthouse. Just because residents pick up a packet does not necessarily mean they will file the petitions and paperwork needed to become a candidate.
City Clerk Sharon Crabel and City Treasurer Bill Bredeman both filed for their respective seats. Shawna Colwell, wife of alderman Danny Colwell, picked up a packet to run for city clerk.
Half of the aldermen’s seats are up for election in the spring, and as of right now, there is not any competition.
In Ward 1, Levell’s seat is up for re-election. Filing for that ward is Ronald Beaumont.
In Ward 2, former school superintendent and former alderman Jim Thornton has filed for the seat. He joins his son-in-law, Beaumont, in running for a seat. Incumbent Alex Block has not filed yet.
In Ward 3, incumbent Chris Boyer is not seeking re-election. Trish Connor, a former alderwoman who ran the last time against Mike Hughes, has picked up paperwork but has not filed yet.
Current Alderman Gary Sharp filed to run for his seat again. He filled a vacancy a few months ago when longtime Alderwoman Judy Cantwell left the council, citing issues with the mayor.
Should three candidates run for a position, the consolidated primary election is Feb. 26. If a primary is not needed, then the general election is April 9.