The Jefferson City Council has set June 25th as the date for the special election to fill a vacancy.
The special election was called for following a petition that was submitted May 3rd to City Hall ahead of the May 7th deadline. The petition was in response to the appointment that the Council made of Darren Jackson, who was Mayor Craig Berry’s recommendation after he received six letters and emails of interested individuals in the vacant seat. The seat became vacant following the resignation of long-time Councilmember Larry Teeples.
City Administrator Mike Palmer talks about if he has ever been in a situation where a special election was called for by the citizens following an appointment by the City Council.
“It is my first time. We’ve gone through the process here of what it takes to do it. So I don’t anticipate any problems with it whatsoever. There is some additional cost for having a special election. And again whoever is elected at this special election, that term will go for the unexpired portion, or the end of 2021.”
Nomination forms are available at the Greene County Auditor’s office. Potential candidates must live within the city limits of Jefferson, and must get at least 25 signatures. Nomination forms must be submitted to the County Auditor’s office by May 31st at 5pm. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm on June 25th.