After two aldermen and the mayor resigned from the Coronach Town Council in December, a by-election has been declared.
Aldermen, Ed Plumb and Colleen Christopherson-Cote resigned from the town council the week of December 9, followed by the resignation of Mayor Skip McBain, effective December 31, 2011.
Nominations for the three vacancies opened in January and when the nominations closed on January 25, three people had been nominated for the two vacant alderman seats, and two people will run for Mayor.
According to Murray Setrum, Administrator for the Town of Coronach, Dean Moser, Cory Schnell and Dorothy Lewis have put their names forward for alderman and George Peacock and current alderman Troy Bartlett will run for mayor.
Specific rules apply to the resignations and the declaration of a by-election.
Normally, when a resignation occurs, the Town Council declares a by-election, as was the case with the resignations in December.
If the resignation occurs during an election year, such as 2012, a different set of rules apply. This would be the case if Alderman Troy Bartlett is successful in his bid for Mayor. If Bartlett wins, he will resign his seat as Alderman. As 2012 is an election year, it will be up to the Town Council if they will hold another by-election to fill the vacancy or leave the seat vacant until the eleciton in October.
With the by-election that will be held in February, only the two alderman seats, plus the Mayor’s seat will be filled. If an alderman seat is left open following the vote, it will not be filled by the unsuccessful alderman candidate.
Elections will be held on February 29, 2012.
Keep an eye on upcoming issues of the Triangle News for coverage of the election and the candidates.