Rogers has filed to retain the seat he has held since April 2009. North Ward Alderman Robert Freeman, whose term expires this year, has challenged Rogers for the mayor position.
Other contested races include that for Thayer South Ward Alderman Bob Grime's seat. Four contestants are also vying for three seats on the Alton School Board.
The candidate filing period ends at the close of the business day Tuesday, Jan. 18. City candidates must be current in all city fees and property taxes by that date.
Alton City Council
John Wheeler has filed for election to the at-large seat he was appointed to after the death of Alderman Jason Smith in July 2010. At-large Alderman Glen Jenkins has filed to retain the seat he has held since at least April 2005.
Thayer City Council
Mayor Earl "Buddy" Rogers and Alderman Robert Freeman filed for the mayor position. Incumbent Alderman Bob Grimes, former Alderman Junior Brewer and newcomer Dorsey Williamson filed for the South Ward seat. Newcomer Terry Tillman filed for the North Ward seat being vacated by Freeman.
Alton School Board
Incumbents Kevin Arasmith and Grover Crews filed to retain their seats. Newcomer Ryan Miller also has filed. Three seats, including that of Mark Hodge, are set to open.
Couch School Board
Newcomer Laura McSann has filed. Seats held by Joe Garrison, Dean Britt and Kimberly Martin will expire. None of the incumbents have yet filed for reelection.
Incumbent "Buck" Smith and newcomer Ron McNear have filed for the seats set to expire for Smith, Don Bush and Tom Lewallen.
Thayer School Board
Incumbents Doyle Fink and William Franz filed to retain their seats. Alan Pender, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Erman Croney, who resigned, has filed for the three-year seat being vacated by Randall Ward. Three three-year seats will open. Ward has filed for the one-year position being vacated by Pender.