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Five council seats will be on Evansville ballot

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GINA R. HEINE
December 2, 2010
— Evansville Alderwoman Janis Ringhand resigned her council seat this week after being elected last month to the state Assembly.

Ringhand, a Democrat, is representative-elect for the 80th Assembly District.


"With a new state position, it's just going to take an awful lot of my time, and I don't want to have a conflict of which committee meeting to be at," she said.


She said it was a tough decision because she's enjoyed her six years as a council member and four as mayor.


The resignation was effective Tuesday, which according to state law means the remaining one-year term will be up for election on the ballot in April, City Administrator Dan Wietecha said.


What happens to Ringhand's vacant District 2 seat between now and the election is unknown, he said.


The city likely would limp along shorthanded until early January to see how many people file to run for the seat, he said.


If only one person was interested, the council could appoint that person before the election, he said. If multiple people file for the seat, the city may keep the position vacant until the election, he said.


Four other seats are up for election April 5. They are held by Barbara Jacobson, District 1; Jim Brooks, District 2; Diane Roberts, District 3; and Dennis Wessels, District 4.


Brooks and Wessels have taken out papers to run for re-election, as has former District 2 Alderman Tom Cothard.


Cothard resigned in March because he moved out of the district and now has taken out papers to run in District 1.


Wednesday was the first day to circulate nomination papers. The deadline to file papers is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the city clerk's office, 31 S. Madison St.



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