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Lula will hold special election March 19 to replace councilman
Vince Evans
Vince Evans

Lula will be holding a special election on March 19, 2019, to replace councilman Vince Evans, who resigned on Aug. 11 for personal reasons.

Evans was in his first term with the Lula City Council. He was elected in 2015 to represent southwest Lula.

March 19 is the next available special election date. The council could have voted to hold the election on Nov. 6, the same day as the statewide general election. However, because the 90-day cutoff date had passed when Evans resigned, Lula would have had to hold the special election entirely separate from all other ballot issues on Nov. 6. Lula’s city attorney, Joey Homans, told the council on Monday, Aug. 13 that an entirely separate election may have led to voter confusion and low turnout.

The successful candidate in the March election will serve as a councilmember through the council’s first regular meeting in December 2019. There will also be a regularly scheduled election for that council position in November 2019, and the winner of that race will assume office for a four-year term in December 2019.