The city clerk’s office has opened up the petition process for the 1st Ward special election for the council seat formerly held by disgraced councilman Anthony Davis before he pleaded guilty to charges of taking bribes and was sentenced to two years in prison.
City clerk Sonia Gordon said the petitions were made available on Friday. “We had them ready since Friday, but nobody picked them up yet,” she said. She said tomorrow’s primary election may be keeping some of the potential petition pickers busy.
In order to get their name on the ballot, a candidate needs 137 signatures, said Gordon. The petitions are due on August 31st, 2015 at 4 p.m., said city officials.
A large pool of candidates have expressed interest in representing the city’s 1st Ward. Some though, have said they will likely forgo the special election, which is slated for November 3rd, 2015, for the municipal election May of next year.
Gordon said the opening of the petition process was advertised in local newspapers. She said a candidate forum for the special election will be hosted in mid-October.
After Davis resigned from the post community leader James Staton was appointed to represent the 1st Ward. Staton was appointed under the condition that he will not seek to run in the special election.
The winner of the special election will hold onto the seat until July of next year or complete the duration of Davis’ term.