If you don't like the way things are going on at City Hall, run for one of the two City Council seats up for election.
All you need is 40 signatures from Collinsville residents who are registered voters, and your name can be on the ballot.
The terms for two City Council members — Nancy Moss and Jeff Kypta — expire in 2013.
Petitions to collect signatures are currently available in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 125 S. Center St. The period to file those petitions is from 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 to 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 26.
And now is the time for potential candidates to start hitting the pavement. City Clerk Cheryl Brombolich suggests that office-seekers obtain at least 50 signatures in order to reach the needed 40 valid signatures, which represents 1 percent of the amount of voters in the last election. The number of qualified office-seekers will determine if the candidates will be listed in the primary election on Feb. 26 or the general election on April 9.
"If we get nine or more candidate we have to have an election in the primary," said Brombolich. "If we get eight or less (candidates), it will go to the April election."
Qualified candidates must be registered voters who have lived within the corporate limits of Collinsville for at least a year before the election. They may not be behind on city taxes and cannot be convicted felons.
While Councilwoman Nancy Moss said she plans to run again, Councilman Jeff Kypta is still deciding if he will seek another term. This is the first term for Kypta, who was elected in 2009.
"I haven't decided yet," said Kypta. "I like the new city manager, but I've got too much to do. My job ties up a lot of my time."
Kypta, 54, is employed as a boilermaker by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 363. He said on some jobs he spends 12-14 hours a day and works weekends to build power plants, chemical factories and refineries. A Collinsville High School graduate, Kypta is married to wife, Annette, a legal secretary, and has one son, Jeff, 20, a college student studying engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Moss said that while the election is still more than six months away, she plans to run for office again. Moss is in her second term and has been a city councilwoman since 2005.
"I would like to serve as long as the citizens want me to serve," said Moss. "There are a lot of things we started and I feel like we've made a lot of progress in the city."
Moss, 66, is a retired human resources professional. She is single and is also a graduate of Collinsville High School. Moss spent several years working to help military personnel at Scott Air Force Base enter the private workforce and she currently works part-time as an administrator for her church, Alpha Omega Christian Fellowship in State Park.
And just like all the other candidates, Moss will be required to get 40 valid signatures from citizens who want her to remain in office. Moss said she wants to serve despite the commitment required to be on the City Council.
"Most people don't realize how much work this is and how committed you need to be in order to do this," Moss said. "There are City Council meetings, but there are also ribbon cuttings and things you do to help support and promote the city. It's a combination of legislator and cheerleader — I love it."
Collinsville city councilmen receive $250 a month for their service.
Contact reporter Ramona C. Sanders at 618-344-0264, ext. 136