Special elections for Council vacancies set for Oct. 13

Residents in Districts 2 and 5 will go to the polls on Oct. 13 to fill a pair of vacant seats on the Town Council.

The current Town Council members voted unanimously at Monday’s meeting to set the unique date for the special election for the seats in District 2 and 5. The special races to fill the vacancies left by Mark Dumas and Joe Gresko will be held on a Thursday.

Republican Registrar of Voters Lou DeCilio said Tuesday that he and Democratic Registrar Rick Marcone had looked at having the special elections on several Tuesdays in October, but they conflicted with several holidays throughout the month.

DeCilio said they opted not to contest the special races on Election Day, Nov. 8, because it would have required voters in Districts 2 and 5 to vote in different rooms and fill out a separate ballot than the one featuring the races for president and the statewide offices.

“It would have created a lot of confusion,” DeCilio said Tuesday.

Any party primaries to nominate candidates will be held on Aug. 18, DeCilio said.

Gresko resigned his seat as the District 5 councilman in May to concentrate on his role as the 121st District state representative. Gresko, a Democrat, defeated Republican Susan Barksdale in a special election last February and took over the unexpired term of Rep. Terry Backer. Backer died last December.

Dumas, a Republican, left the Council’s Second District seat after submitting a letter of resignation last Monday morning to Town Clerk Susan Pawluk. Less than 90 minutes after that letter was recorded, Dumas filed a letter withdrawing his resignation. However, Town Attorney Chris Hodsgon said the vacancy was created when Dumas said in his original letter that the resignation was “effective immediately.” The Town Council accepted Dumas’ resignation on Monday.

A pair of Democrats have already announced their intentions to run for the Council vacancies. Greg Cann made known last week his plans to seek the Fifth District seat, while current Zoning Commission member Scott Farrington-Posner said during Monday’s public forum that he will run for the District 2 spot.

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