April 2020 Election Update
With the January 29th resignation of Trustee Pete Tomassi and the withdraw from nomination filed by Trustee Brian Laak, there have been several changes to the upcoming April 2020 Election. A resignation is when an elected official resigns from office prior to the expiration of his or her term. To withdraw from nomination is when a candidate chooses not to proceed with running for an elected office in an election.
The vacancy created by Mr. Tomassi’s resignation will need to be filled by appointment within 60 days of the vacancy occurring. The vacancy occurred 69 days before the election, so it would need to be filled by appointment before the election to be in accordance with state law. The law only allows an appointment to have a duration up to the next regular election. Being that the next regular election is in April, an appointment cannot extend beyond that, and the voters will decide which candidate is elected to the additional available seat.
On the April 7, 2020 Ballot there will be four candidates running for four Trustee seats. Three of the available seats are for a term of 4-years and one of the seats is a 2-year term.
The Municipal Election Code requires that the candidates receiving the highest number of votes are elected to the 4 year terms. And, it also requires that candidates receiving lower vote counts are elected to terms that are less than four years (if there are shorter terms to be filled at the election). Normally all of the terms for Trustee would be 4 years; however, when a vacancy occurs, the term must be shortened to maintain the staggering of the terms.
Please visit the Elections Page to find additional information regarding the April 2020 Election.