Council members Chris Owens (Post 3) and Jim Gilvin (Post 4) followed Belle Isle onto the campaign trail as both are vying to succeed the former mayor. All three officials formally resigned their seats at the council’s Feb. 21 meeting, and the council then voted 4-0 to approve a resolution and ordinance for the special election.
The non-partisan special election is to fill the unexpired terms of mayor and Post 4, which expire Dec. 31, 2019; and of Post 3, which expires Dec. 31, 2021. Those wishing to qualify as a candidate must file a notice of candidacy with the city clerk between 8:30 a.m., March 5, and 5 p.m., March 7. Qualification fees are $900 for mayor and $450 for the council. Advanced voting starts April 30 and ends May 18.