If you’ve seen the campaign signs popping up in yards across town or heard the chatter on Facebook, you are well aware that we have an election approaching. For the Town of Jones, the April 6th election could really shake things up on the Board of Trustees. Of the five (5) Trustee positions, four (4) of those seats are up for re-election with 13 candidates total. The elections are held at-large, which means, those receiving the top number of votes will win.
However, this year’s election has a little twist. Traditionally, Board members serve a four-year term, with 3 seats and 2 seats rotating for re-election every two years. With several board members stepping down over the last year and appointed Trustees filling the spots, it gets a little confusing. I’ve included a flowchart below to recap the 2019 election, and explain which seats are up for re-election in 2021.
As you can see above, there will be two (2) Two-Year Seats and two (2) Four-Year Seats open. Candidates had to select a term-limit when filing with the County Election Board, so you will be voting on each of them under their respective terms. The top two vote recipients under each term limit will be the winners.
Later this weekend, we will send out candidate bio’s for you to review, put together by our amazing intern, Peggy Dodd. The Jones Journal will also be hosting a Live Stream of a Candidate Forum next Saturday, April 3rd. We will conduct it in two session, to help you clearly identify which candidates are running for the Two-Year Seats and Four-Year Seats.
We hope this information helps you to make an informed decision as you cast your ballot in a few weeks on April 6th.