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Clermont special election proposed for Nov. 8
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A Nov. 8 special election could be in the works to fill a vacant seat on the Clermont Town Council.

The council is set to vote at 7 p.m. Tuesday on an election ordinance, required for the city to replace former Ward 1 Councilman Eric Thomas.

The council voted May 3 to accept Thomas’ resignation, effective at that meeting, which he didn’t attend. He couldn’t be reached later for comment.

Mayor James Nix said at the time that Thomas, a truck driver, is on the road a lot.

“If he doesn’t go — if he stays here — it probably costs him a lot of money,” he said.

If the ordinance is approved as is, the election will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church, 640 Main St.

And qualifying will be set for Aug. 1-3 at Town Hall, 109 King St., with candidates required to live in Ward 1, according to the ordinance. The qualifying fee is $43.20.

The winner will serve the rest of Thomas’ four-year term, or from Nov. 14 of this year through Dec. 31, 2019.

The town has worked to fill vacant council seats over the past year.

Joe McGoogan was elected Nov. 3 to replace Lynn Adams, who had resigned from her at-large seat midway through her four-year term last July, but he died two days later.

And when former Councilman John Brady chose last year not to seek re-election to a four-year term, no one qualified to replace him in the Nov. 3 election, so a special election had to be called.

The five-member council finally became full earlier this year when Margaret Merritt and Doug Myers were sole qualifiers in a special election to fill an at-large seat and Ward 2 seats, respectively.