Culver Officials Review Ordinance to Move Candidate Selection to Primary Election

The Culver Town Council members reviewed an ordinance Tuesday night that would determine the process of nominating candidates for town office.

Some of the discussion topics included the cost of being a part of the Primary and General Elections versus holding town conventions. The town would have to pay into the Primary Election only if there is a contested race. A cost would be incurred to be a part of the General Election. Town Attorney Jim Clevenger said Culver’s share would be dependent on the number of municipalities involved in either election. There is not a cost to hold a town convention.

The council members agreed that having a staggered-type election process is the better option rather than selecting all five candidates and the clerk-treasurer in the same election. Council President Ginny Bess Munroe stated that having a few existing members to help along new council members is an asset to the continuity of government process.

The council members did unanimously approve the first reading of the ordinance with a public hearing scheduled for the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9. If it is the wish of the council to proceed with a favorable vote on all three readings of the ordinance in the next month, then the ordinance could be filed in the Marshall County Clerk’s Office by Jan. 1, 2019 for the election process to begin in 2019.

There will be three At-Large seats available on the Culver Town Council on the ballot next year along with the clerk-treasurer’s position.