Special election set for new Richmond Commission positions

SpecialElectionOn May 7, the voters of Richmond approved four amendments to the City Charter.

One of the amendments increases the number of City Commissioners from two to four. When the City Commission canvassed, or certified the results of the election, the two new positions created vacancies. The vacancies must be filled by an election held within 120 days. The charter amendment or proposition provided that the positions be numbered, which was brought in front of the commission at the special cies created will be positions 3 and 4, ultimately serving three-year terms. Current Commissioner Jesse Torres’ position will be recognized as position 1 and incoming Commissioner Barry Beard’s position will be recognized as position 2. Staff will also recommend that the new Commission position’s terms would coincide with current commission positions according to even numbered and odd numbered positions. So vacancy/ commission position 3 runs in tandem with position 1- Commissioner Torres, and vacancy/ commission position 4 runs in tandem with position 2- Commissioner Beard. Initially position 3 would serve a 1 ½ year term and position 4 will serve a 2 ½ year term. These positions will be decided by majority vote on Sept. 10.

It is anticipated that the City Commission, at its June 20 meeting, will call a special election on Sept. 10 to fill the vacancies. Early voting will begin on Aug. 24 and end on Sept. 6. Sept. 5 is Labor Day and no voting will occur.

Candidates will be able to file for a place on the ballot beginning on Tuesday, June 21, and filing will be made to the City Secretary at City Hall, 402 Morton St. The filing deadline is Monday, July 11.

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