Thanks to a self serving law passed by most of the incumbent city councilors, they will probably be re elected whether or not they get a majority of the vote.
After the Brent Coles administration debacle, Councilors voted to “clean up city hall,” and among other things passed ordinances mandating that candidates must have a majority of votes cast to win election. If the vote was split–as many city elections are with multiple candidates for the same office–a run off election would be held. The current council repealed that provision of the law.
Councilor David Eberle did not get a majority of votes four years ago, but triumphed when a runoff election was held. He beat Paula Forney.
Once in office, Eberle and the rest of the council voted to repeal the runoff provision. The majority requirement is still in force for the office of mayor, but the council protected itself, claiming runoffs were costly and seldom changed the result. For whatever reason they didn’t feel the same way when it comes to the office of mayor.
With Alan Shealy facing three opponents and Eberle facing two challengers, it is a pretty sure bet they will both keep their seats with little effort. In theory Shealy could be elected with 26% of the vote and Eberle could win with 34%.
Councilor Elaine Clegg has a single opponent.
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