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OTTUMWA — Ottumwa residents considering a run for the city council can now take out nomination papers from City Hall.

All paperwork is available at either the city clerk’s office at 105 E. Third Street, through the county auditor’s office in the courthouse, or on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/candidates/index.html.

Two seats on the council are up for election this year. The election will be Nov. 5, with a primary Oct. 8 if seven or more candidates file. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and cannot have been convicted of a felony. Petitions for the nominees must have at least 37 signatures form eligible voters.

While papers may be taken out now, the first day for filing nominations is Monday, Aug. 12. Candidates must file the signed petitions and an affidavit of candidacy signed in the presence of a notary public. All papers must be filed by 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

Any candidate who receives contributions of $750 or more, or who spends or incurs debt of that amount, is required to file campaign finance reports.

The winning candidates will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 2, 2020.

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