Seven candidates from Hannibal’s Third Ward have already signed up to run in next April’s municipal election and with over three weeks remaining until the signup deadline, that field of candidates could grow. Because of the large field of candidates, it is likely the city of Hannibal will be forced to have a runoff election to decide the matter.


Seven candidates from Hannibal’s Third Ward have already signed up to run in next April’s municipal election and with over three weeks remaining until the signup deadline, that field of candidates could grow. Because of the large field of candidates, it is likely the city of Hannibal will be forced to have a runoff election to decide the matter.
According to city statutes, for a candidate to claim victory in the upcoming election he or she must garner 50 percent or more of the total number of votes cast. If there is not a clear-cut winner, the two candidates receiving the most votes will have to meet in a runoff election on the Tuesday falling two weeks after the election, which in 2010 will be April 20.
City Clerk Angel Vance is anticipating a runoff.
“I would have to say if there were five candidates, it would take a lot of hard work on one of the candidate’s part to obtain 50 percent of the vote. With seven, I would commend the person who got 50 percent of the vote,” she said.

For additional details, see the Saturday, Dec. 26, edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.