Close Contest for new Councillor
Date Added: 25/02/2014
Mr Keith Sharp of Downing Court was co-opted as a member of Sandy Town Council at a meeting on Monday 24 February 2014. There were two candidates for co-option both of whom addressed the meeting about their reasons for seeking co-option and the skills they could bring to the council. Members cast their votes in a secret ballot and both candidates attracted an equal number of votes. Mayor Cllr Susan Sutton used her casting vote as chairman of the meeting and Mr Sharp was co-opted. After the meeting several members expressed their regret that there had not been the opportunity to co-opt both candidates.
Town Clerk, Delia Shephard commented "The procedure for co-option is used when an election is not demanded by the electorate. The Mayor has a casting vote in all matters where there is an equality of votesand that includes co-options. It must have been a very difficult choice. The good news for Sandy is that there are committed and strong candidates who are willing to put themselves forward for this voluntary role which is very demanding if undertaken conscientiously. This augurs very well for our elections next year when all the seats on the council will be open to contest and we hope for a strong field of candidates."
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