COMMERCE - Filing opens Monday for Commerce residents seeking the office of mayor and city clerk/treasurer.

Both are four-year terms.

Declarations of candidacy will be accepted at the Ottawa County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The election, to be held Aug. 14, was called after former mayor John Crawford resigned from office shortly after he was unopposed in his April 3 bid for the office.

In that same election, Commerce voters denied city officials the right to appoint a city clerk/treasurer, therefore causing an election to be held for the election of that officer.

To qualify for filing, candidates must be a qualified elector by virtue of being a resident and a registered voter within the municipality for at least six months prior to filing for candidacy.

Contesting of any candidate's filing will be allowed between 8 a,m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.