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Clermont town councilman resigns from post
North Hall town eyeing November election to replace Eric Thomas
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Clermont Town Councilman Eric Thomas resigned Tuesday, meaning another stretch without a full council is on the way for the North Hall town.

His resignation was announced at the council’s monthly meeting, with the council voting to accept it. Thomas didn’t attend the meeting and couldn’t be reached for comment afterward.

“We had been trying to contact him because he hadn’t attended some meetings recently,” Mayor James Nix said after the meeting. “... (And) he didn’t return the calls.”

Nix said Thomas is a truck driver and is on the road a lot.

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

The mayor could relate, as his father was in the trucking business.

“He always said if the wheels aren’t rolling, somebody’s not making payments,” Nix said. “I’m sure that’s the reason (Thomas) has been missing meetings.”

The mayor said the earliest the town can hold an election to replace Thomas would be in November. At some point, the council will have to craft an ordinance setting the election date, as well as candidate qualifying dates and fees.

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 Brown chose 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 filled at-large seat and Ward 2 seats, respectively.