By Steve Rensberry
If you are a candidate in the upcoming Consolidation Election on April 9, in the areas served by the Times-Tribune, consider this a heads up to be on the lookout for a letter in the mail this week, along with a questionnaire. Please return the questionnaire soon as possible, and no later than March 13. If you are a write-in candidate who we somehow missed, or did not receive a letter this week, let us know and we will get one to you asap. Our intention is to publish profiles of as many candidates for offices in our immediate area that we can, with a primary focus on Troy, Maryville, St. Jacob, Marine, Collinsville, Glen Carbon, and nearby rural areas of Madison County.
Write-in candidates must file a “Declaration of Intent to be a Write-In” at least 61 days prior to the election, a mark which has since passed, but there are exceptions, so please let us know.
As a reminder, offices up for election this time include those for municipal offices such as alderman, trustee, and mayor, as well as those for park districts, library districts, school boards, community college districts, and fire protection districts. Though
The only mayoral race in this area some voters will be faced with is in Collinsville, between incumbent Mayor John Miller and challenger Nancy Moss. The only fire district race on the ballot is outside of our area, in the Godfrey Township Fire Protection District.
On another note, some of our many observant readers noticed that we had removed the index from the front page a while back. We did so in part to give ourselves more space for more news on a front page that was slightly narrower, and because their use has waned somewhat. We soon found out how many people liked the index though! For now it is on Page 2. As of last week, the Times-Tribune also has a new website, at www.thetroytimestribune.com. The E-Edition of the paper is currently available on the site for free, but only for a short while. After that, subscribers wishing access (which comes with a paid print subscription), need only to call the newspaper to get a password, or request one in person. The E-Edition alone is available for just $20/year.