Wright City, MO, approved a resolution approving the April 2024 municipal election that will see two aldermen and the mayor elected.
Wright City approved a resolution to set the date of the next municipal election for April 2.
The resolution passed during the city’s Oct. 26 board of aldermen meeting and opens up the opportunity for any city resident to run for mayor or alderman.
The resolution passed the board by a vote of 4-0.
“I’d love to see your names on the ballot,” Mayor Michelle Heiliger said after the resolution passed.
Those interested in running can pick up applications beginning Dec. 5 at the City Hall building at 636 Westwoods Road. The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Dec. 26.
The positions currently filled by Heiliger, Alderwoman Karey Owens and Alderman Ramiz Hakim will be up for election. Each position carries a two-year term.
The mayor and four aldermen discussed why they hope residents are interested in running during the final questions session at the end of the meeting.
“One of the reasons why I got started was because I noticed a change needed to be made in the seat that I’m sitting in, and that’s why I stepped up and that’s to be a voice for the people,” Alderman Don Andrews said. “So if somebody’s not happy with what we’re doing, the one way you change that is by running and stepping up to make that change.”
Officials also said running for office gives residents a chance to be part of an “amazing period” in Wright City history.
“It’s a really interesting community,” Owens said. “It’s a very exciting, very interesting position to be in and if you’ve never done it before, as none of us had before we were in this position, it’s a great way to get more involved and see what’s going on to help shape the future of our city.”
“It’s an experience that will shape your vision of what you want to live,” Heiliger said.
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