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Cape mayor faces opponent in re-election bid

Nov 20, 2013 -- 11:27am

Southeast Missourian

Cape Girardeau Mayor Harry Rediger will meet a familiar challenger in April as he seeks a second term, while last-minute filings Tuesday will prompt races for two of three Cape Girardeau City Council seats.  Ward 2 will have a primary election Feb. 4 because more than two candidates filed nominating petitions. Ward 1 and Ward 6 are the other areas open for election of a new representative. Walter White, a real estate investor, will make his fourth attempt at the mayor's office in challenging Rediger. White received 5.5 percent of the vote in the 2010 primary for mayor. Rediger, a retired businessman, moved on to the primary against Matt Hopkins and won the general election. Two people, Joseph Uzoaru and Teresa Robinson, are running in Ward 1. The seat is held by John Voss, who will be term-limited in April. In Ward 2, Andrew Bard, Craig David, Rocky Everett and Shelly Moore filed as candidates. Ward 2 is represented by Meg Davis, who is not seeking re-election because she is moving out of the ward. In Ward 6, incumbent Councilman Wayne Bowen will be alone on the ballot. Bowen also was unchallenged in a special election earlier this year after which he took over for Kathy Swan, who was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012. The mayor and council members serve four-year terms on the seven-person board. The general election is set for April 8.

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