The Centralia City Council agenda for Monday night includes a discussion of the qualifications of Mayor-Elect Bryan Kuder.
City Manager Dan Ramey has provided the council with information on the state law to determine if Kuder meets the city’s residency requirements. Kuder has been invited to answer any questions from the council.
Kuder has admitted to owning a home outside the Centralia city limits but said he will live in an apartment in Centralia to satisfy the residency requirement. The issue didn’t arise during the filing period because Kuder owned a home he has now sold in the city limits.
Another candidate for Mayor Vernell Burris had requested State Board of Election and Illinois Attorney General officials to remove Kuder as a candidate prior to the election, but after the ballot was certified, and was told it was not the right to time to challenge a candidate’s standing.
Ramey says the city council can vote to block Kuder from being seated after the discussion or take no action if they feel he is qualified. The council’s decision could be appealed to the Marion County circuit court.
Kuder is scheduled to be seated as the city’s new mayor at the May 13th meeting.
The council meeting begins at six Monday night at Centralia City Hall.
Photo: Mayor-elect Brian Kuder at the Centralia Mayor candidates forum. Photo by Pat Hodges.