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A woman who has worked behind the scenes of political campaigns will take her first shot as a candidate.

Wanda Monsees, 50, filed a petition Monday for the one-year City Council term in Sedalia’s 2nd Ward. Council terms are typically two years, but Lauretta Emerson resigned with a year remaining on her term. Emerson resigned to focus on her appointment to Missouri’s Minority Health Advisory Committee.

“A year ago I thought about running for Lauretta’s seat and decided not to,” Monsees said. “Then when I found out she was resigning, it just seemed like the seat to run for.”

Sedalia Mayor Bob Wasson is seeking an interim council member to serve the 2nd Ward from January until the April election.

John Bozarth Sr. has filed for the two-year term open in the 2nd Ward. Incumbent Joe Young has yet to file for re-election. Others seeking election are: Susan Daniels, 1st Ward incumbent; Ken Norton, 4th Ward incumbent; Joe Zaremba, 4th Ward; and Terry Cockrell, 3rd Ward. 

Incumbent Les Harrell, 3rd Ward, has also yet to declare his intentions for re-election.

Monsees is the Pettis County Democratic Central Committee Vice-Chairwoman, although the City Council seats are non-partisan offices. Monsees said she has worked for lots of candidates for other political offices.

“So, I understand the issues,” she said. “When you’re going door-to-door, people will tell you about all the issues.”

These days people are mostly worried about jobs, Monsees said. And, there are always improvements needed in infrastructure, she said. Monsees said, if elected, she expects to spend the first part of her time in office listening and learning.

Monsees was raised in Sedalia and said she sees serving on the council “as an opportunity to serve the community.” She is active in the Pettis County Historical Society and Restorative Justice Board.

Monsees served in the Army from 1977 to 1981. She has an associate in business degree from State Fair Community College and owns Walnut Mountain Vending.

Monsees said she has an inquisitive nature that would serve her well as a councilwoman.

“I’m a big fan of reading the directions and asking a lot of questions,” she said.

The filing period ends Jan. 20. Council candidates must pay a $50 fee; be at least 21; live in the city for at least a year and in the ward six months before the election; have a petition signed by 25 registered voters living in the ward; and have no outstanding municipal taxes or user fees. City Council members serve two-year terms and are paid $4,800 annually.

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