Cape Council Sets Calendar For Special Election

Dec 4, 2012

The Cape Girardeau City Council established a special election calendar to find Kathy Swan’s replacement at Monday night’s meeting. The calendar establishes when petitions will be available for interested candidates and a deadline for when they must be turned in.

A special election will be held on April 2 if one or two candidates file for the council seat. If three or more individuals file petitions, then the April election will serve as a primary and the general election will be held in August.

Council member and mayor pro-tem John Voss says the Council will appoint a temporary council member sooner rather than later.

“I would expect that we’ll make that decision in January,” Voss said. “The charter calls for a requirement that the Council should appoint a replacement within 60 days of a person resigning or being a vacancy in the office. And so I think that we’re going to take that issue up here at the very beginning of January.”

The only person to publicly express interest in the council seat is Southeast Missouri State University history chair Wayne Bowen.

City manager Scott Meyer says it’s up the council to appoint a temporary replacement.

“They can make that decision at any meeting. It’s a council decision, so they can do that. They can ask for candidates. They can look at see what the field looks like. So that’s really their call when they want to do that. They have to do it within 60 days of the position becoming vacant,” Meyer said.

Kathy Swan will resign from her post on City Council to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives.