For the first time in a long time the City of Auburn will have to fill two vacant council seats left after the election in November because not enough candidates ran.
“This is the first time I can remember Auburn has not have enough to run for city council,” said City Clerk Becka Cox, who has been with the city the past 20 years.
The seated council on Jan. 1 will take up the vacancy issue at its Monday, Jan. 9 meeting and decide among themselves who will be appropriate to serve. They will then vote on one of the nominees the first meeting of January, allow them to be sworn in, then take up the second vacancy at a second meeting. The council on January 1st consists of Rex Evans, Bobby Price, Steve Montgomery and Claude Tisdale.
According to Kentucky Statute 83A.040- If one or more vacancies on a legislative body occur in a way that one or more members remain seated, the remaining members shall within 30 days fill the vacancies one at a time, giving each new appointee reasonable notice of his selection as will enable him to meet and act with the remaining members in making further appointments until all vacancies are filled. If vacancies occur in a way that all seats become vacant, the Governor shall appoint qualified persons to fill the vacancies sufficient to constitute a quorum.
“It is a very strict procedure covered by Statute,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We have to wait until January because we cannot technically fill a vacancy until we have one.”
Hughes said he knows there was a time this has happened in Auburn, but it has been so long ago. The mayor has had five citizens approach him about serving. He said they were all great candidates and feels confident the city will be just fine with the council that will serve.
“Unless the council constructs me otherwise, on the second Monday in January we will vote to fill one of those two seats. I have had five people approach me saying they would be willing to serve,” said the mayor.
The City of Auburn had no write-in candidates. But the City of Lewisburg did. Lewisburg only had three candidates file to run for city council, however, since there were three who filed as write-ins, they were brought on board. Come January 1st Jason Harper, Teddy Harper, Jason Rolley, Susan Meyer, Carol Moore and Scott Sweetsir will serve the City of Lewisburg.
According to Kentucky Statute 117.265- Write-in votes shall be counted only for candidates for election to office who have filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate with the Secretary of State or county clerk, depending on the office being sought, on or before the fourth Friday in October preceding the date of the regular election and not later than the second Friday before the date of a special election.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.