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Filing begins April 13 for special election in August for mayoral post in Crestwood

Filing will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, for the Aug. 3 special election to fill the remainder of former Crestwood Mayor Jim Robertson's term.

The Board of Aldermen earlier this month approved a resolution to conduct the special election. Candidates may file through 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, at City Hall, 1 Detjen Drive.

Candidates must file a notice of candidacy and a petition containing at least 20 signatures of Crestwood registered voters supporting the candidacy.

The filing fee is $5.

Forms are available from the Crestwood city clerk and candidates are asked to call 729-4773 before coming to pick up the forms so they can be prepared properly.

Robertson announced his resignation near the end of the Jan. 27 Board of Aldermen meeting.

An attorney who was elected mayor in April 2002, Robertson said he was resigning to focus on family, medical and personal matters that for some time he has been unable to give the attention they deserve.

Given how the responsibilities of his mayoral post essentially had become a second full-time job, Robertson "reluctantly'' concluded he could not focus on those family, medical and personal matters and give his mayoral duties the attention they deserved.

Whoever is elected in August will serve until April 2005, when Robertson's mayoral term would have concluded. An election for mayor also will take place in April 2005 and whoever is elected will serve a three-year term.

The president of the Board of Aldermen — Richard Breeding of Ward 1 — currently is serving as acting mayor.

As acting mayor, Breeding will continue to have a vote in board deliberations, but will not have the veto power of the mayor, according to the City Charter.

He will serve as acting mayor at least until the Board of Aldermen reorganizes after the April 6 election. At that time, aldermen could re-elect Breeding board president or elect another alderman board president.

Whoever is elected board president will serve as acting mayor until the Aug. 3 election.

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