Five file for City Council elections in May
Monday, 18 February 2013 by Matthew Girard
In May, four Belton City Council seats will come up for election and five candidates have filed for those four at-large seats.
As of Monday, three incumbents and two new candidates have filed for the May elections.
Incumbents David K. Leigh and Craig Pearson are seeking re-election, and Frank Minosky, who is currently serving on an interim basis after former Councilmember Clifton Peters resigned in January, will also seek re-election.
The newcomers include Ronnie Schoepf Jr., who is the owner of Schoepf's Old Time Pit BBQ, and minister of Hope for the Hungry Dan Kirkley.
Leigh is seeking is sixth two-year term and Pearson is seeking his fourth full-length term.
Councilmember Wayne Carpenter announced that he won't seek a 10th term to travel more and spend more time with his family. Carpenter has served the City Council for 20 nonconsecutive years and has served all or part of nine terms.
Those elected in May will serve with Mayor Jim Covington, Mayor Pro-Tem Marion Grayson and Councilmember John Agan, who all were relected to the Council last May.
Anyone interested in filing for a position on the City Council can pick up an application at City Hall (333 Water St.) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The filing period ends March 1.