Voters in Spring Hill are gearing up for a crucial April 11 municipal election with one Board of Mayor and Aldermen seat in each of the city’s four wards up for grabs, and early voting is nearing.
Early voting will be available March 22 through April 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at Winchester Community Center, 563 Maury Hill St. in Spring Hill.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is made up of an elected mayor and eight elected aldermen representing the four city wards. The four wards are each represented by two aldermen, and elections are staged every two years.
The upcoming election will include one of each of the four ward aldermen seats on the ballot. Though aldermen are elected in each of their respective wards, voters will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice in all four wards.
For those who voted in the last election, they’re already registered to vote. For those not sure if they're still registered and eligible to vote in the upcoming election, find out here.
To be eligible to vote in the April 2019 election, residents must have been registered by March 12, 2019.
These are the citizens who met the Jan. 17, 2019, candidate qualifying requirements for the four available alderman seats and will appear on the April 11 election ballot (listed in alphabetical order):
WARD 1: John Canepari, Liz Droke, Alex Jimenez and Bryan Watt
The Ward 1 seat was vacated in December 2018 by former Alderman Chad Whittenburg, who resigned from the position after moving outside Spring Hill city limits. The BOMA on Jan. 22 temporarily appointed Clint McCain to serve in the Ward 1 Alderman seat until voters elect a replacement to the position in April.
WARD 2: Matt Fitterer (incumbent)
WARD 3: Daniel Allen and Susan Zemek (incumbent)
WARD 4: Doug Holtz and Hazel Nieves
Incumbent Ward 4 Alderman/Vice Mayor Bruce Hull, who has served 12 years on the BOMA, is not seeking re-election.
These are the general rules that political candidates and citizens should follow when placing political campaign signs on their property, according to city ordinance:
- Political signs are not allowed in public right-of-way. Signs should only be placed on private property.
- Signs cannot exceed 16 square feet per sign.
- One candidate cannot have more than six 16-square-foot signs within the city. However, a candidate is allowed to have an unlimited number of small yard signs at his/her personal residence, unless it is prohibited by his/her subdivision restrictions.
- No small yard sign should be larger than 6 square feet.
- Such signs may be allowed up to 60 days prior to the election date and must be removed within 24 hours after the polls close.