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Milford Beacon
  • Ellendale cancels election due to lack of opposition

  • Ellendale town council did not hold its yearly election this weekend to fill the three open council seats.
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  • Ellendale town council did not hold its yearly election this weekend to fill the three open council seats.
    The three councilmembers whose terms expired this year were vice president Norman “Jay” Jones, Jr., secretary John Wothers and councilman-at-large Donald Webb.
    Both Jones and Wothers sought re-election for their seats, but ran unopposed.
    Webb did not re-run because he has since moved out of Ellendale, leaving the at-large seat vacant. One resident had filed for the open at-large seat, but according to Mayor Kim Hughes, an issue with the person’s background check has the town consulting its legal counsel to determine how to proceed.
    Hughes said she expects the issue to be resolved by the town’s next meeting, scheduled for Jan. 21. If the seat remains open, Hughes said the town will reach out to all qualified candidates for an appointment.
    Councilwoman Sherita Perry continues to serve as treasurer and Hughes will continue to serve as mayor. Both terms will expire in 2015.
    Hughes said she expects some reorganization changes at the next town meeting, but could not provide more specific information.
    Ellendale elections are held the first Saturday in January each year, with two seats on the ballot next year. The next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21, with a special meeting and public hearings scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

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