Residents thinking of running for office in the city of Fenton have only 20 days to pick up petitions at city hall and gather the required number of

signatures to get on the Nov. 5 ballot.

 So far, only one person has turned in his signed petitions to city hall and had them certified to run for office. That is former City Councilman Brad Jacob, who served for one four-year term and announced in 2017 that he would not be seeking re-election, opting instead to spend more time with family and other projects. He did say, however, that he “would be back.”

 Mayor Sue Osborn is up for re-election. The mayoral term in Fenton is for two years. Osborn has been in local politics for nearly 40 years, having served as mayor for the past 20 years.

 The four-year terms of Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Lockwood, Nancy Draves and Cherie Smith also will be expiring. Draves and Smith have served for one, four-year term. Lockwood has been involved with local, county and state politics for 31 years, having served on the city council and as mayor of Fenton. She also has in the past served as a Genesee County Commissioner (6th District) and Michigan State Representative (51st District).

 Fenton’s elections are non-partisan. Anyone interested in being a candidate for city council or mayor must be at least 18 years of age, be a registered voter in the city for at least one year, and submit nominating petitions with a minimum of 50 valid signatures of registered voters within the city of Fenton, accompanied by an Affidavit of Identity.

 Affidavits and Petition forms are available at the clerk’s office at City Hall.

 Although 50 valid signatures is the required number to become a candidate, it is recommended that the potential candidate obtain more than 50 signatures, but no more than 100 signatures, to avoid complications.

 The clerk will accept only nominating petitions which conform with the forms provided and maintained by the clerk, and which considered together, contain the required number of valid signatures for candidates having those qualifications required for the respective elective offices by the Charter.

 When a petition is filed by persons other than the person whose name appears thereon as a candidate, it may be accepted only when accompanied by the written consent of the candidate.

 All nomination petitions filed shall be open to public inspection in the office of the clerk.

 The deadline to turn in petitions to city hall is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23. Fenton City Hall is at 301 S. LeRoy St. The phone number is (810) 629-2261.

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