By Crystal Thompson
Several seats of the local government are opening up this fall, with the primary election slated for Sept. 11 and general election falling on Nov. 6.
Offices up for election this year include Mayor of Havre, City Judge and four of the eight city council seats. Voters can look for incumbent Joyce Perszyk on this year's election ballots. Perszyk will be coming off a conclusion of a previous judicial term, plus a full term of service as City Judge. Perszyk said that she will be running for another term on the bench in 2001.
Mayor Phyllis Leonard will conclude her second four-year term of service. Leonard said recently that she is not planning to run for office again. "I've finished eight years," she said, "I think that is enough ..., it's time for some change, some new ideas."
The incumbents for the four alderman seats are as follows: Ward 1, Helen Hill; Ward 2, Rick Pearson; Ward 3, Tom Farnham; Ward 4, Arnold Tyler. The council is made up of two members from each of the city's four districts, and members serve four-year terms.
Candidates can begin filing for the positions on April 30. Filing will close at 5 p.m. June 28. Each position requires a filing fee. Candidates for Mayor must pay a $189.96 fee. Filing for an alderman position costs $10 and anyone seeking the city bench must pay $325.50.