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Lack of candidates means no election for City of Bristol

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

The election scheduled for Nov. 14 to select three council members, a mayor and town clerk for the City of Bristol will not be held since there are no contested seats following the end of the qualifying period.

Mayor Steve Cutshaw will serve another term, as will City Clerk Robin Hatcher.

Three city council seats were up for re-election. Incumbents Brigham S. Shuler and Ellen R. Lewis qualified without opposition. Council member James Kersery Jr. did not qualify to seek another term. His seat will be taken by the only other candidate to qualify, Tom Clemmons.

Each will serve a two year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018 and ending Dec. 31, 2019.

With the exception of the city clerk, council members are paid $1 a year. At Monday’s meeting, Council member Ellen R. Lewis made a motion to hold a referendum election to determine if citizens would allow the charter to be changed in order for council members to set their own salary. The motion failed for lack of a second.

Council members discussed instituting a salary of $25 a month but decided to put off the issue since it would be the only item on the ballot at this time.

The city council holds regular meetings on the first Monday following the first Thursday of each month, with other meetings and workshops scheduled as needed.

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September 29th, 2017



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