Filing has closed for the Independence City Council spring election, and unofficially, a primary will take place in just one of the four districts.

Filing has closed for the Independence City Council spring election, and unofficially, a primary will take place in just one of the four districts.

Because candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to withdraw their names for the election, the candidate list remains unofficial until City Clerk Jane Sharon takes it to the Jackson County Election Board today.

The following names were filed for the district council seats, and their petitions were certified by the Jackson County Election Board as having at least the 100 required signatures:

District 1: Incumbent Marcie I. Gragg, who has held the northwestern Independence seat since August 2006; and Kara M. Paris.

District 2: James Engelman, whom the City Council elected to fill the northeastern Independence seat in August following the death of Will Swoffer; and Curt Dougherty, a former Missouri state representative who ran for the Jackson County Legislature in 2010.

District 3: Incumbent Myron Paris, who has served southeastern Independence since April 2008. He will run unopposed.

District 4: Michael “Mike” Fielding, Eileen Weir and Larry Porter will vie for the southwestern Independence seat. Current District 4 Council Member Jim Page, who was first elected in 2004, did not seek a third term.

Unofficially, District 4 is the only seat that will require a primary since more than two candidates have filed. That election will take place on Feb. 7.

Earlier this fall, The Examiner reported that two other residents, Keith Joliff in District 2 and Tim Watkins in District 4, were interested in running.

However, when contacted by phone Monday, both men confirmed that they would not be candidates.

“I tried,” Joliff said, “but I just wasn’t going to get the support I was hoping for.”

In Watkins’ case, he isn’t completely giving up on running for City Council.

“I’m not going to run this time,” Watkins said. “I will probably run in a couple of years for an at-large seat, if one becomes open and available.”

The two at-large council seats and the mayor seat are up for election in spring 2014.

The general election is April 3.