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4 seek 5 open city seats
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MONROE - Five of the nine city aldermen are slated for re-election on April 4, but only four are seeking to retain office.

Monroe Common Council members Brooke Bauman, Chris Beer, Ron Marsh and Jeff Newcomer have all filed nomination papers with City Clerk Carol Stamm.

Alderman Reid Stangel, who has served as council president, is not seeking re-election. He will end his time as alderman after the completion of his third term on council.

All five spots are now at-large positions due to a change instituted by the council in early September. Because of the shift, four of the five candidates with the highest number of votes will serve a two-year term, while the candidate with the fifth most votes will only serve a one-year term. If re-elected the following year, the alderman would proceed for two years in office and then be scheduled for re-election in even-numbered years.

Stamm said because Marsh was appointed by Mayor Louis Armstrong after his election in April of last year, Marsh will also serve only one year before election.

The deadline to file nomination papers was Tuesday, which means no other candidates can be added to the city ballot. However, Stamm said the open seat can still be filled in two ways. An interested party could begin to campaign as a write-in candidate before April 4, or Armstrong could once again seek out an appointment. In 2018, the remaining four aldermen positions will face re-election. Incumbents Tom Miller, Michael Boyce, Charles Koch and Richard Thoman were elected for two-year terms in April.

On the county level, there are no elections for Green County Board members this year.