A second candidate has filed to represent Ward 1 on the Union Board of Aldermen.

Brian Pickard filed Wednesday morning to serve on the board. He will face off against incumbent Jim Albrecht in the April election.

Pickard is a newcomer and has not served on the board. Albrecht served on the board from 1989-1994 and has been an alderman since 2009.

Filing for the April election closes Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The city of Union officers up for election are municipal judge, mayor and a board of aldermen representative from each of the four wards.

With less than a week to go before filing closes, three of the six seats will have contested races. In addition to the new Ward 1 race, the Ward 2 seat and mayor’s seat also are being contested.

Three candidates have already filed to run for mayor. Mike Livengood, who has been the mayor since 2007, will be challenged by Lucas Johnson and Rod Tappe.

In Ward 2, current Alderman Robert Marquart will face former alderman Terry Copeland. Marquart was appointed to the board in July to fill out Vicki Jo Hooper’s term.

The other three incumbents, Municipal Judge A. David Arand, Ward 3 Alderman Dennis Soetebier and Ward 4 Alderman Karen D. Erwin, do not have a challenger.

Declaration of candidacy should be filed with the city clerk, 500 E. Locust St. Filing will be allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hours will be extended to 5 p.m. on the final day of filing.

The mayor’s seat is a four-year term. To serve as mayor, a candidate must be at least 25 years old and a resident of the city for at least one year.

According to Union city code, an alderman must be at least 18 years old at the time of the election. All aldermen must be a U.S. citizen and a Union resident for at least one year prior to the election. Aldermen serve two-year terms.

For judge, the candidate must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. The candidate does not have to live in Union, but must live in the state. The judge has to be between 21 and 75 years old.