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Tammy Linn's unexpired term attracts two candidate hopefuls

PRESCOTT - While a four-month stint on the Prescott City Council earlier drew 20 applicants, the remaining two years of Councilwoman Tammy Linn's unexpired term so far has attracted only two prospective candidates.

Prescott City Clerk Elizabeth Burke reported this week that two people - Alan Carlow and Nichole Seguin - currently are circulating petitions for the two-year council post that will begin in November.

Assuming that the two prospective candidates collect the necessary 662 signatures, their names will appear on the ballot in the special election that the city will conduct on Nov. 8.

The special election is necessary to fill the unexpired term of Linn, who resigned from the council earlier this summer.

The city charter required that the council fill the post within 31 days with a temporary replacement. Because more than two years still remained in Linn's term, the charter then required the city to conduct a special election to find a permanent replacement.

The city's June advertisement for the four-month post generated 20 applications. A council committee narrowed the field down to four finalists, and the full council ultimately chose long-time Planning and Zoning Commissioner Len Scamardo for the temporary position.

While people interested in the temporary post needed only to file an application at City Hall, those interested in the permanent post must circulate petitions similar to the ones required for the council candidates currently in the Aug. 30 primary.

Burke said the prospective candidates must collect at least 662 signatures from registered Prescott voters in order to get on the special election ballot.

Carlow filed his statement of organization for the council seat on July 15, and Seguin filed a $500 threshold exemption statement on Aug. 1.

The deadline for filing the completed petitions is Aug. 10, Burke said, while the deadline for write-in candidates for the two-year post is Sept. 29.

Another prospective candidate, Yvonne Dorman, had earlier indicated interest in the two-year position, but she later terminated her committee, Burke said.

The special election will take place in conjunction with the city's general election. The general election ballot will include any council positions that are not decided in the August primary, along with eight charter-amendment propositions.

Ballots for the primary are set to go out in the mail next week. Three mayoral candidates and four council candidates will appear on that ballot.

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