CHAPTER VI. ELECTIONSCHAPTER VI. ELECTIONS\ARTICLE 1. CITY ELECTIONS

(a)   Non-partisan general elections for members of the governing body shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November, 2016, and succeeding elections for governing body positions shall be held each year on such date thereafter for such governing body positions whose terms are expiring.

(b)   Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April, 2016 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2017, when the City officials elected in the November 2016 general election take office. Those governing body positions with terms that would have expired in April 2017 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when the City officials elected in the November 2017 general election take office.

(c)   The governing body shall consist of a mayor and two (2) council members from each ward. There shall be elected in November of each odd-numbered year a mayor and one (1) council member from each ward. There shall be elected in November of each even-numbered year one (1) council member from each ward. The council members shall be chosen by the qualified electors of their respective wards, and no person shall be eligible to hold the office of council member who is not at the time of his or her election or appointment an actual resident of the ward for which he or she is elected or appointed, and if any council member shall move from the ward from which he or she was elected or appointed, the office as council member shall thereby be vacated. The mayor and council members shall be residents and qualified electors of the City of Russell, Kansas.

(K.S.A. 14-201; C.O. No. 3, Sec. 2; C.O. No. 5; Code 1973, 1-401; Code 1983, 1-501; K.S.A. Supp. 25-2111; K.S.A. 25-2113; L. 2015, ch. 88; C.O. No. 16; Code 2017)

In accordance with K.S.A. 25-205, and amendments thereto, any person may become a candidate for city office elected at large by having had filed with the county election office either of the following:

(a)   a declaration of candidacy, accompanied by any fee required by law; or

(b)   a nomination petition. The nomination petition must be signed by five qualified electors of the city.

(K.S.A. 25-205; K.S.A. 25-21a01; K.S.A. 25-2110; Code 2017)

All officers elected or appointed, except the city manager, shall be qualified electors of the city and the removal from such city of any officer shall occasion a vacancy in such office. A vacancy in the office of council member shall be filled by majority vote of the governing body to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term of that council position. In case any person elected as a council member neglects or refuses to qualify within thirty (30) days after election, the council member shall be deemed to have refused to accept the office and a vacancy shall exist.

(K.S.A. Supp. 14-205, 14-308; Code 1973, 1-104; Code 1983, 1-502; C.O. No. 17; Ord. 1888)

The City of Russell is hereby divided into four wards as hereinafter set forth in this article.

(C.O. No. 5; Code 1973, 1-403; Code 1983, 1-503)

Ward No. 1. All that portion of the City of Russell, Kansas, north of the Union Pacific Railroad bounded on the west by Brooks and Grant Streets and north by 17th Street and corporation limits and on the east by the corporation limits.

(Ord. 1315, Sec. 1; Code 1983, 1-504; Ord. 1512, Sec. 1)

Ward No.2. All that portion of the City of Russell, Kansas, lying west of Brooks Street and lying north of Union Pacific Railroad and west of Lincoln Street south of Union Pacific Railroad to Jewell Street then west to Windsor Street then south to Dorrance Street. It is bounded on the south and west by the corporation limits.

(Ord. 1315, Sec. 2; Code 1983, 1-505; Ord. 1512, Sec. 2)

Ward No.3. All that portion of the City of Russell, Kansas, bounded on the north by the Union Pacific Railroad and extends south along Lincoln Street to Jewell Street then west to Windsor Street then south to Dorrance Street then east to Main Street then south and then west to Windsor Street then south and then east to Main Street then south to Edward Avenue then east to Stephanie Street then south, east, and north along corporation limits to Witt Avenue then west to Front Street then north to Sunset Avenue then east to Seitz Street then north to State Street then west to Front Street then north to Ninth Street then west to Fossil Street then north to the Union Pacific Railroad.

(Code 1973, 1-406; Code 1983, 1-506; Ord. 1512, Sec. 3; Ord. 1550)

Ward No. 4. All that portion of the City of Russell, Kansas, bounded on the north by the Union Pacific Railroad and extends south on Fossil Street then east on Ninth Street to Front Street then south to State Street then east to Seitz Street then south to Sunset Avenue then west to Front Street then south to Witt Avenue then east, north, west, and south along the corporation limits to the Union Pacific Railroad.

(Code 1973, 1-407; Code 1983, 1-507; Ord. 1512, Sec. 4; Ord. 1550)