By Myrna Trauntvein
A public notice has been published in the Times-News advising residents of Mona that seats are open for filing for offices.
"These are the offices which are up for election for the Mona City Municipal General Election on November 5, 2013," said Lyla Spencer, city clerk/recorder.
The office of mayor, which is a four year term, and two city council seats, which are also four year terms, will be open for filing.
"The candidate filing period begins June 3, 2013," said Spencer.
She said that each candidate must file the declaration of candidacy forms or nomination petition must be in person with the city recorder at 165 E. 340 N., Mona, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday.
The candidate filing deadline ends June 17, 2013.
Qualifications for Candidacy are that the person filing:
• Be a United States Citizen;
• Be a registered voter of the municipality;
• Be a resident of the municipality or recently annexed area for a period of 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election;
• Be mentally competent;
• Not be convicted of a felony or treason unless the right to hold elective office has been restored.
Before the filing officer may accept any declaration of candidacy, the filing officer reads to the prospective candidate the constitutional and statutory qualification requirements for the office that the candidate is seeking; and requires the candidate to state whether the candidate meets those requirements. If the prospective candidate does not meet the qualification requirements for the office, the filing officer may not accept the declaration of candidacy.
If a primary election is needed, said Spencer, it will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and the general election is to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2012.
"You incumbents who are going to run for relection need to pay attention to the filing dates," said Spencer.
"There need to be more than twice as many candidates as there are seats, for there to be a primary," said Spencer.
"There would need to be five persons file for the two council seats before there would be a primary, and there would need to be three persons file for the position of mayor in order for there to be a primary," said Spencer.
All qualified candidates can declare for election, and then the candidates are narrowed down at a primary election. The primary election is not required if the total number of candidates for a particular office do not exceed twice the number needed to fill the office.
"In the years that I have been the recorder," said Spencer, "Mona has needed a primary election to eliminate a candidate only once."
All candidates for council seats run at-large.
Nephi City has posted their filing dates as well. The open filing period is during normal office hours from June 1 to June 15. Two city council seats for a four-year term are open as well as the mayor's four-year term. File with the city recorder at 21 East 100 North in Nephi.
Filing period for Levan Town Council begins June 1 and ends June 15. Two council member seats (4-year term) and mayor (4-year term) seat are open. File with the town clerk between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. at 20 N. Main, Levan.