Eileen Weir, Independence City Council member, is running for mayor.
“Over the past several months I have had numerous discussions with my family and supporters and, with their encouragement, have decided that now is the time for me to seek the office of mayor,” Weir said this week.
“I am confident that I have a solid foundation of support and am ready to lead the city of Independence as its next mayor.”
Voters last year elected Weir to the city’s 4th District council seat, replacing Jim Page, who did not run for re-election.
Two-term Mayor Don Reimal announced in May that he would not seek a third term.
Reimal first was elected to the Independence City Council in 1994 to represent the city’s 1st District. He served 12 years there before voters elected him mayor in April 2006. Four years later Reimal ran unopposed and was elected to a second term.
Reimal also announced in May that he will support Jim Schultz, an at-large city council member, to replace him.
The election is next April.