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Bartonville calls special election to fill vacancies

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The Town of Bartonville announced there will be a special election this coming November for two vacant council seats, even though elections were just held in May.

One of the vacancies is the Place 1 council seat Carla Anderson won when she ran unopposed for re-election. She learned her husband’s job would transfer the family to Seattle after the deadline had passed for others to file candidacy papers. Anderson’s resignation followed the election, effective May 25.

According to the Texas Local Government Code, a single council vacancy can be filled by a majority vote of the remaining elected council members until the next scheduled municipal election– in this case, May 2014.

“The council appointed two members to review the five or six applications and then narrow them down to two to present for consideration,” said Bartonville Mayor Ron Robertson. “We were on track with that process when things took another turn.”

Before the council could receive that recommendation and vote on Anderson’s replacement, council member Jim Strange (Place 4) also resigned from the Town Council on June 19, effective immediately.

“We had a 72-hour window to appoint someone to fill the Place 1 vacancy, but a quorum—which is three members– is needed to hold a special council meeting,” said Robertson. “Well, when Jim resigned then only three council members were left and one of them was just getting on a plane. So, now we have more than one vacancy and that means a special election is required.”

Local Government Code Section 22.010 states that if there are two or more vacancies on a governing body, such vacancies must be filled by a special election. State law further provides that the election must be held on the first authorized uniform election date, which will be November 5, 2013.

The special election will be for the purpose of electing one citizen to serve for 18-months in Alderman Place 1 for Anderson’s unexpired term ending May 2015 and one citizen to serve for six-months in Alderman Place 4 for Strange’s unexpired term ending May 2014.

Qualified citizens can file an application for a place on the special election ballot at town hall August 5, 2013 through September 4, 2013, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Each member of the Council shall be a qualified voter of the Town. Summary of qualifications: ( 1 ) Be a United States citizen; ( 2 ) Have been a resident of Texas for at least 12 months as of the deadline for filing for the office; ( 3 ) Have resided in the city for at least 6 months preceding the deadline for filing for office; ( 4 ) Have a current voter registration certificate; ( 5 ) Be 18 years of age or older upon the commencement of the term to be filled at the election; ( 6 ) Not have been convicted of a felony for which he or she has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities; and ( 7 ) Not have been deemed mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court.(Election Code Section 141.001; Local Government Code Section 22.032 and 23.024).

For more information, call Town Secretary Tammy Dixon at 817-430-4052.

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