TWIN FALLS — This November, voters will decide who will fill three seats of the seven-member Twin Falls City Council.
Filing for candidates begins at 8 a.m. Monday and ends 5 p.m. Sept. 8 for anyone interested in running for City Council in the Nov. 7 election. This year, the seats held by Suzanne Hawkins, Greg Lanting and Christopher Reid are up for grabs.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and be a resident and registered voter within the city limits.
“They have to be a resident of the city of Twin Falls for 30 days,” Deputy City Clerk Sharon Bryan said.
Here’s what potential candidates need to know about the City Council positions and the upcoming election:
How long is a term?
Council members serve for four-year terms, and there are no term limits, Bryan said. The Council typically meets at 5 p.m. Mondays.
Elections occur in odd-numbered years. There will be four seats up for grabs in 2019.
How is the mayor selected?
Twin Falls is governed under a council-manager form of government, Bryan said. The City Council, not the voters, appoints a mayor every two years.
What does it pay?
The six City Council members receive $1,160 a month. The mayor receives $1,410 a month.
How do I file for candidacy?
Petitions can be downloaded from the elections page on the city website, tfid.org. To avoid paying a $40 filing fee, you can get five signatures on your petition — from five registered voters who live in city limits.
Take the signed petition to the county clerk’s office at 630 Addison Ave. W. to have the petition verified, then turn it in to the city clerk’s office at the temporary City Hall, 103 Main Ave. E.
Otherwise, you can pay the $40 and turn the petition directly into the city clerk to have your voter information verified.
Note: You must state which seat you are running for on your petition. Seats are not separated by geographic location but cover all of Twin Falls. The seats up for election are Seat No. 1 (Hawkins), Seat No. 5 (Lanting) and Seat No. 6 (Reid).
Do I need to disclose campaign finances?
Yes. Financial disclosure reporting forms are available on the city’s website and must be filed electronically Oct. 10, Oct. 31, Dec. 7 and Jan. 31.
Any contributions of $1,000 or more need to be reported to the city clerk within 48 hours, Bryan said.
When is voting?
Early voting takes place between mid-October and Nov. 3 at the county offices. Voting day is Nov. 7 at precinct locations. The votes will be counted at the county clerk’s office and results are posted online.
Are the incumbents running for re-election?
All three incumbents told the Times-News that they plan on filing for election.
Hawkins, the city’s vice mayor, was appointed in 2012 to fill a vacancy, and was then elected in 2013. She and her husband own Computer Connection in Twin Falls.
If elected to another term, she hopes to see the recreation center planning move forward, and would like to continue serving as second vice president of the Association of Idaho Cities.
Lanting, a retired middle school principal, was first elected in 2005 and served as mayor in 2012-2013. He is finishing his third term.
If elected for another term, he said he would like to concentrate on retaining employees and getting the city’s infrastructure back in shape from the past winter’s damages.
Reid, who works for Zions Bank, was appointed in January to fill a vacancy left by Don Hall, who was elected as county commissioner. In a message left Thursday with the Times-News, he said he planned to file his petition for candidacy Monday. Reid could not be reached for further comment by deadline.