I hope the New Year finds you all well.
First, we have an upcoming special election On March 5th, to fill two seats on the city council. Dan St. Hilaire’s seat in Ward 10, he has been appointed as a judge. The other is for Steve Shurtleff’s at large seat, which he resigned when he was elected speaker of the House of Representatives.
There are four candidates who have signed up to run at large. Byron Champlin the current Ward 4 city councilor, Michael Dobrinski who resides on Curtice Ave., David Sky who ran for the Ward 10 seat in the last citywide election and initially signed up for the Ward 10 race again and David Parker, who owns Parker Academy and has served on city boards in the past.
The at large seat is a four year position. Steve Shrutleff’s term would have ended in November, so this seat on the city council will once again be contested in November. Also of note, Councilor Champlin does not have to resign his Ward 4 seat to run at large for the special election. Should he lose he will remain the Ward 4 city councilor. If he wins it will necessitate another special election to fill the Ward 4 seat.
Hopefully there will be an opportunity to hear the candidates positions and to ask them questions. if there are no scheduled citywide forums for the candidates, I will try and schedule a candidates forum at the Newell Post Restaurant, as we have done in the past.