Few candidates file for Ferguson election as deadline nears

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, January 20 2015 Jan 20, 2015 Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:06:00 PM CST January 20, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

FERGUSON (AP) - Ferguson's first municipal election since a fatal police shooting sparked months of protests has drawn relatively little interest from prospective candidates as the filing deadline approaches.

Three of the St. Louis suburb's six City Council seats are up for election on April 7 and none of the three incumbents plans to seek re-election.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says two of those council members decided not to run again well before 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August.

Hours before Tuesday afternoon's filing deadline, there was only one declared candidate for two of the three open seats. Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher, who helped launch an "I Love Ferguson" campaign to bolster the city's image after the shooting, is among those running.

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