"There's a fear factor on some people's parts ... if they've never been through the process of going through the hoops you have to jump through to even get elected."
***In a previous version of this article, only four women were listed as ever having served on the Ottumwa city council. In fact, five women have served, including Rhea Huddleston, who was not originally mentioned.
The filing period for council and mayor is Aug. 12-29, but prospective candidates can take out papers now to begin obtaining signatures.
Those running for council must obtain at least 71 signatures and those running for mayor must obtain at least 76. Those numbers are based on voter turnout from the last election.
Packets can be picked up at the city clerk's office at City Hall.
A primary will be held on Oct. 8 if seven or more candidates run for city council and if three or more candidates run for mayor.
From the primary, two mayoral candidates would move forward to the general election on Nov. 5, as would six council candidates.
-- Information courtesy of City Clerk Amanda Valent