The City of Edwardsville is divided into seven wards. Pursuant to a provision in Illinois law, several years ago, the voters decided to reduce the size of the City Council and have only one Alderman per ward. Without that mandated change by the voters, the statute requires that there be two such representatives for each of the seven areas of the City.
All elected officers of the City of Edwardsville serve four-year terms. However, there are aldermanic elections every two years. Three aldermanic seats were open in 2017 and the other four positions will be open in 2019.
Other Elected Seats
In addition to the seven aldermanic seats, there are three other elective positions: the Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer. Like the Aldermen, the individuals holding these three offices serve four-year terms. Collectively, the Mayor and Aldermen are often identified as the corporate authorities.
While the Mayor votes only in cases of a voting tie of the City Council, the Treasurer and Clerk have no voting powers and do not enter into any formal debate or deliberation unless specific input is approved by the Mayor who chairs all City Council meetings.