Alma City Commission

Four seats on the Alma City Commission are up for grabs this year.

Currently filling those positions are Vice Mayor Melvin A. Nyman and commissioners Roger Allman, Donald Ayers and Roxann Harrington.

If you’d like to run, pick up petition forms from the city clerk’s office, then start gathering signatures. You will need 25 registered voters who live within Alma city limits to sign your petition. (But you should get a few more just in case one or two turn out to be not registered or not residents of the city.)

Completed petitions must be returned to the clerk’s office by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.

Commissioners meet on second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 6 p.m. with a work session at 5:30 p.m. All meetings and work sessions are open to the public.

Alma Schools

Two seats currently occupied by board President Art McClintic and Trustee Kendra Overla are up for grabs in 2018. Winners will begin their service in January 2019.

If you’d like to run, pick up petitions at county clerk’s office during month of May. You’ll need 40 signatures of registered voters who live in the school district to get your name on the ballot. Or you can pay a $100 fee and skip the petitions. Filing deadline for petitions is sometime in July.

The Alma Board of Education meets in three formats during each month.

First there’s a work session at 7 a.m. on Fridays preceding regular board meetings in central office conference room at Alma High School.

Regular board meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month in multi-purpose room of Donald L. Pavlik Middle School.

Committee of the Whole meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in central office conference room at Alma High School.

For more information, contact County Clerk Angie Thompson at gratiotcountyclerk@yahoo.com.

St. Louis Schools

The terms of Board Secretary Don Kelley and Trustee Carrie Beeson expire at the end of this year. As of March 5, 2018, neither has committed to seek reelection.

If you’d like to run for the St. Louis Board of Education, you should pick up and complete an “affidavit of identity” form from Gratiot County Clerk Angie Thompson at her office in Ithaca.

The clerk’s office can also fix you up with a petition form on which you will need signatures of 40 registered voters who live in the school district. If you’d rather not circulate a petition, you can also pay a $100 fee in lieu of a petition.

The St. Louis Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month.

For more information, contact Thompson at gratiotcountyclerk@yahoo.com.

Ashley, Breckenridge, Fulton and Ithaca schools

The same rules apply as St. Louis and Alma districts. EXCEPT, you only need six petition signatures to get on the ballot because population of those districts is under 10,000.

St. Louis City Council

Two St. Louis City Council seats will be on the ballot in Nov. 2019. Up for re-election will be Melissa Allen and Jerry Church. But Allen has already told many people that she will NOT run again. So there will be at least one open seat. Church, at a public hearing in June 2017, told a group of citizens that he would quit if he thought anyone else wanted to do his job.

The mayor position will also be on the 2019 ballot. It is not known if current Mayor Jim Kelly will run again.

Nominating petitions should be available at city hall after Jan. 1, 2019. You’ll need signatures of 30 registered voters who live in St. Louis to get your name on ballot. Petitions must be turned in on a date in May that year.