The City of Metropolis ballot for the April 6 Consolidated Election contains a few names of those who are throwing their hats into the ring for the first time.
One of them is the first biracial and youngest candidate. Dylan Chambers, 18, is running for Ward 2 alderman.
A 2020 Massac County High School graduate, he is the son of Jeffrey and LaMeagon Hardy Chambers. While at MCHS, his activities included being a former class president and Student Council president. He was a summer intern for State Rep. Patrick Windhorst and is currently a One Shawnee moderator for Massac County.
“I am running for just really specific reasons of wanting to make a difference in the community by bringing in more jobs to tackle the unemployment rate, show that young people like myself can make it in politics by engaging with the youth, clean up our streets and bring back the light to this amazing city that we once knew long years ago,” Chambers said.
The April 6 Consolidated Election includes offices for the City of Brookport, City of Metropolis, Village of Joppa and the school boards of Joppa-Maple Unit 38 and Massac Unit 1. Five of these positions are unopposed. Candidates filed their petitions and other needed paperwork Dec. 14-21, 2020, with objections completed on Dec. 30, according to the Massac County Clerk’s Office. Names are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. All offices are four-year terms.
• City of Brookport:
— Mayor (vote for one): Kathy Tucker or Rance D. Phillips or Debbie Workman. Incumbent Tami Wessel is not seeking re-election.
— City clerk (vote for one): incumbent Lori Ann Klotz.
— Alderman Ward 1 (vote for one): Bronda M. Jones or Tami Wessel.
— Alderman Ward 2 (vote for one): David Brannum or incumbent Aaron Jerrell Tucker or Jeffrey Todd Taylor.
— Alderman Ward 3 (vote for one): Jack W. Anderson.
• Village of Joppa trustees (vote for 3): incumbent Charles Kimmins and/or Gary Sharp and/or incumbent Annie Hubbard.
• School board members:
— Joppa-Maple Grove Unit School District 38 (vote for three): Rachel Diane Henson and/or Corey Willenborg and/or incumbent Gail Stubblefield and/or incumbent Stacey Reames and/or incumbent Daniel Burnett.
— Massac Unit Unit School District 1 (vote for four): William Holt and/or John I. Willis and/or incumbent Jeff Brugger and/or incumbent Donald Koch and/or incumbent Jennifer Larrison.
• City of Metropolis:
— Mayor (vote for one): Chuck Short or Jim Hambrick or Robert McDonald or Donald Canada. Incumbent Billy McDaniel is not seeking re-election.
— City clerk (vote for one): incumbent Jan Adams.
— Alderman Ward 1 (vote for one): Leah Michele Longworth. This ward consists approximately from the west end of Fifth Street to the river. Incumbent Mike Hall is not seeking re-election.
— Alderman Ward 2 (vote for one): Dylan Chambers or Penny Emery. This ward consists approximately from the east end of Fifth Street to the river. Incumbent John Taylor is not seeking re-election.
— Alderman Ward 3 (vote for one): incumbent Darryl Neill. This ward consists approximately from the east Old Marion Road to the northeast portion of the city to Fort Massac State Park.
— Alderman Ward 4 (vote for one): incumbent Chad Lewis. This ward consists approximately from the West 19th Street to Old Marion Road.
Beginning this year, the Metropolis city treasurer is no longer an elected position by residents, but will be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council. The council passed Ordinance 2020-17 on June 22, 2020, which provided for the appointment. The city ordinance is based on 65 ILCS 5/3.1-20-5, which allows municipalities with under 10,000 residents to use an appointed treasurer.
The city ordinance states the corporate authorities of the City of Metropolis find the duties of a modern municipal treasurer have become considerably more complex with recent advances in technology, finance, government accounting standards and government investment requirements. It also states the office will require training, experience and professional skills in accounting, finance, computer technology and report writing. This will be a part-time position with no more than 29 hours per week and no less than 10 hours and will include benefits.
The April 6 Consolidated Election ballot will also include the offices of Shawnee College Trustees, Vienna Public Grade School #55 and Vienna High School District 13-3.
• Vienna Grade School District No. 55 board of education (vote for four to serve a four-year term): Shawn Yadloski and/or Teale Marie Betts and/or Sherie Smith.
• Vienna High School District No. 13-3 board of education (vote for four to serve a four-year term): David A. Allbritten and/or Dennis Jason Hynes and/or Matthew Johnson and/or John Summers and/or Robbie Reeder and/or Jay Morgan and/or Debbie Jones and/or Charles “Bo” Vinson and/or Philip W. McMahan.
• Shawnee Community College District No. 531:
— Trustees of the community college district (vote for not more than three to serve a six-year term): April Moore and/or James Darden and/or John L. Windings.
—Trustees of the Community College District college district (vote for not more than one to serve an unexpired two-year term): Steven Etter or Deborah Shelton-Yates.