Essex to hold by-election to fill vacant council seat
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 10:14PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 18, 2017 5:24PM EDT
The Town of Essex will hold a by-election to fill a council seat recently vacated by Bill Caixeiro.
Essex council voted 4-2 Monday night to hold a by-election -- as opposed to appointing a new councillor for the remainder of this term. Mayor Ron McDermott and councillor Steve Bjorkman voted against the by-election.
Bjorkman tells CTV Windsor his man concern was about the lack of representation for people in ward three during budget talks, which get underway in October.
A staff report indicated it will cost roughly $12,000-15,000 to hold the by-election, which was initially slated for November.
Some residents CTV News spoke with Tuesday expressed voter fatique, especially since a municipal-wide election is slated for 2018.
Ward 4 councillor Sherry Bondy is hoping the process is fast-tracked so the town can hold the election as early as October.
Bondy says a special council meeting will be held July 24 to confirm details of the timeline.
Bondy is hopeful nomination could begin as early as July 25th, which could reduce the length of the process by about a month.
The newly elected council member will replace Colchester rep Bill Caixeiro.
He abruptly resigned his seat two weeks ago, citing personal reasons and asking for privacy.