The number of persons submitting paperwork to be candidates in the Jones County municipality has increased to nine.
Qualifying for municipality elections began on January 4. So far, the Ellisville election has gained the attention of several possible candidates.
The mayor and all the members of the Ellisville Board of Aldermen have submitted their paperwork to run as candidates in the city’s upcoming summer elections. Ellisville City Clerk Chama Cook said 10 people have submitted their paperwork with hopes of being candidates in the city’s upcoming elections.
Ellisville incumbent mayor Lynn A. Buckhaults has submitted his paperwork to run as a Republican candidate for re-election.
Also, another person has submitted paperwork for the city’s top position.
Cook said Jalen Lindsey has submitted his paperwork as a Democratic mayoral candidate for the upcoming election.
For the Ward One position on the city board, incumbent Alderman Chris Hall has submitted his paperwork as a Republican candidate.
For the Ward Two position on the city board, incumbent Alderman Jeffrey Williams has submitted his paperwork as a Republican candidate.
Also, according to Cook, another person has submitted paperwork for the Ward Two position, but the potential candidate’s paperwork had not been verified as of 5 p.m. Friday.
For the Ward Three position on the city board, incumbent Alderman Aaron Heidelberg has submitted his paperwork as a Democratic candidate.
For the Ward Four position on the city board, incumbent Alderman Carson Graham has submitted his paperwork as a Republican candidate.
For the Alderman-at-Large position on the board, incumbent Alderwoman Ola Beech Mitchell has submitted her paperwork as a Republican candidate. Also submitting paperwork in the Alderman-at-Large race is Leon Henderson, who wants to be the Republican challenger in that race, and Darrius Markieth Combest, who wants to be the Democratic challenger in that race.
City officials said those interested in being candidates in the summer elections have until Friday, Feb. 5, to submit their qualifying paperwork.
The newly elected officials are scheduled to take office in July.