Council approves first steps for May 15 special election

Town Council approved Tuesday two ordinances necessary to implement the voter-approved at-large Mayor structure. Those ordinances would officially call a special election for Tuesday, May 15, and set ballot language for the questions.

The special election is necessary following the November 2017 election in which voters approved a new Town Council structure of a Mayor elected at large and six Councilmembers elected from their districts. While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure. The special election is necessary to identify these details before a mayor election can be held.

Town Council approved the first reading of the ordinances Tuesday. Watch the discussion at

Both ordinances will need to be approved by Town Council on second reading. That reading is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 20. If approved, Town Council would officially set the election date and ballot language. Both ballot questions would then need to be approved by voters in order to permit the election of an at-large Mayor at the earliest possible time – the next regular election in November.

Town Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Meetings are open to the public, and there will be time for public comment on this and other agenda items. Agendas are posted the Thursday prior to the meeting at

Learn more about the possible 2018 spring special election at

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