Filing is underway for seats on the Monett City Council. Due to Monett's commission form of government, a primary election will be held on Feb. 7, 2012. Candidates can enter the race through Nov. 22 at Monett City Hall.
Four people have filed to run. Mayor Jim Orr is seeking a third term. Jerry Dierker is seeking a fifth term as commissioner. Mike Brownsberger, who was appointed to the council in 2007 and won re-election without opposition in 2008, is running for a second full term.
Dennis Murphy, a first-time candidate, is also running for mayor.
Legislation was proposed in Jefferson City making it unnecessary for Monett and West Plains, the two cities in Missouri with a commission form of government, to hold primaries if no more candidates than positions ran. Barry County Clerk Gary Youngblood believes the change was attached to a bill that Governor Jay Nixon vetoed.
The primary election will be held on Feb. 7, 2012, the same day as the presidential preference primary. The number of candidates running for the two city commissioner seats will be capped at four and the mayor's race will be capped at two candidates.
Candidates remaining after the primary will face off in the general municipal election on April 3, 2012.