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Qualifying starts Monday for Clermont Town Council
2 seats up for grabs in March 1 election
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Clermont begins the process Monday to fill two Town Council seats.

Qualifying is set for Monday through Wednesday to replace former Ward 2 Councilman John Brady, whose term ended Dec. 31, and Joe McGoogan, who died two days after winning the Nov. 3 election to fill an at-large seat.

Interested candidates need to turn in paperwork from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4:30 p.m. during those days at Town Hall, 109 King St.

The fee for both seats is $43.20.

Voting will take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 1 at Clermont Chattahoochee Center, 639 Main St.

The Ward 2 term would begin March 7 and end Dec. 31, 2019. The at-large term would begin March 7 and end Dec. 31, 2017.

Clermont may have little wiggle room to conduct town business until the seats are filled.

The council has five seats but just three members currently.

Under the town’s charter, revised in 2015 by the General Assembly, the council needs at least three members to hold a meeting, let alone vote. But a meeting also can be held with two members and the mayor.

And three yes votes are needed for a measure to pass, but one of those can come from the mayor.