With Ward 1 Alderman Bernie Anderson resigning, a write-in candidate could be eligible for the April election if they receive at least 45 signatures. (WJBC file photo)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - Uncertainty now surrounds the election of a new Bloomington Alderman from Ward 1.
The race won't be clear-cut. With current Alderman Bernie Anderson resigning his seat just weeks before the spring primary, the Bloomington Election Commission said only one candidate will appear on the April ballot as of now. Executive Director Paul Shannon said the field for the April election has tightened to one - Kevin Lower - but could include write-in candidates.
"As a write-in, they only have to meet the signature requirement and get more votes than the remaining candidate," Shannon said. "The requirement is like 45 signatures, so it's not very much."
Mayor Steve Stockton was left with a position appointment to make after Anderson announced he would resign effective Friday. Shannon said Stockton's appointee could be eligible in the election but would also have to file as a write-in.
"At this point, the filing for April is passed because you have to file for the primary," Shannon said. "The only way someone can get in for any of the ward races is to file as a write-in candidate."
Anderson cited health issues as the reason for his resignition and will not seek re-election. The primary is Feb. 26 and the general election will be held on Apr. 9.
Zach Dietmeier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.