May’s special election will see three candidates vying for the Houghton Council seat vacated by Dan Salo. Clerk Ann Vollrath goes through the roster.
Nominating petitions were due by Tuesday. Eligible candidates are not required to pay a filing fee, but have to present at least 40 signatures from city residents voicing support.
The council itself had a chance to fill the vacancy at a November meeting, but was unable to select from a pool of eight people. The winner of May’s election will serve until the November general election, where they would have to win a traditional campaign to continue in the role. Vollrath says there will be no other issues before Houghton voters in the spring.
The winner will most likely be a highly sought after swing vote on especially contentious issues. With only six members at present, council is unable to tackle certain topics where gridlock exists among the members.