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Special election not planned for Carrington's council seat

The unexpired term of former Thomson city councilman Mike Carrington will not be filled by a special election, according to McDuffie County Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler.

Mr. Carrington recently resigned his position from council to assume his new role as director of Forward McDuffie.

Ms. Wheeler said Monday that the city will not hold a special election to fill that seat, since all five council seats, as well as the mayor's post, come up for election in November.

She explained that Thomson City Council members could appoint someone to fill the unexpired term from now until the city election is held.

City Administrator Don Powers confirmed Monday that the issue of appointing someone to fill the vacant council seat will be discussed at the Thursday, June 14, city council meeting.

"The rules allow us to do this without a special election having to be held," Mr. Powers said.

He indicated that the names of at least a couple of people had been mentioned, but that he didn't think it appropriate to name them publicly.

The governing body of the City of Thomson currently is made up of Mayor Robert E. "Bob" Knox Jr., Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Usry and Councilmen J.T. Wiley, Rev. John Smalley and Alton Belton.

Web posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007

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