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Kenneth City election qualifying opens Friday — maybe

KENNETH CITY — Council members are scheduled to decide tonight if they should move next year's elections to Jan. 31 to coincide with the Republican presidential primary.

The council has already given tentative approval to the move, which would save the town about $6,000 by piggybacking onto another election.

If the change goes through, qualifying for candidates will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and close at noon Nov. 29. Packets will be available at Town Hall, 6000 54th Ave. N. Prospective candidates must have their driver's license and voter registration card to receive a packet.

Eligible candidates must be a registered voters and have lived in Kenneth City for at least two years.

Up for grabs are the mayor's post, which has a three-year term. Teresa Zemaitis currently holds the office.

Also available are two council seats, which have two-year terms. The seats are currently held by Wanda Dudley, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits, and Joanne DeSimone.

The mayor earns $500 per month and council members get $300.

The government is a council-as-manager form. Each of the four council members is in charge of the daily activities of one of the town's departments. The council is also responsible for setting policy for the town and passing a budget.

The 2011-12 operating budget is about $2.2 million.

Reach Anne Lindberg at or (727) 893-8450.

Kenneth City election qualifying opens Friday — maybe 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 5:23pm]
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