The Hamburg City Council voted March 11 to set an election for June 8 but to allow City Clerk Peggy Akers to perform all mayoral duties in the interim.
The election will be to fill the mayor’s office, which was vacated when Mayor Dane Weindorf died Feb. 20. Because he had more than a year left in his term, the city has to call an election.
City Attorney Paul Keith said setting the election for June 8 was the earliest the city could do it.
“I know everybody wants to have a special election as soon as possible,” he said.
Akers has been serving as what Keith termed “acting mayor” since Weindorf’s death since she is the second highest elected official in Hamburg. Keith said the city council did not actually have to confer the title on Akers but could choose to do so for clarity’s sake.
“‘Acting mayor’ confers on her all the duties of mayor — which by law she has anyway — so this is just saying it out loud,” Keith told the council members at the March 11 meeting.
When the matter of declaring the vacancy, appointing the acting mayor and setting election dates came to a vote, none of the council members spoke in favor or against, but voted to adopt the resolution — No. 2021-6 — with a unanimous roll call vote.
Whoever is elected to the office will serve through Dec. 31, 2022, and will be eligible to seek re-election to the office.
Candidates may begin circulating petitions for their candidacy starting at noon March 18. They are due with the clerk’s office at noon, March 25.
At least one candidate, Glen Lawson, has already announced his intention to seek the office. Neither of the two other candidates who ran for Weindorf’s seat in 2018, Calvin J. Frierson Sr. and Idia M. Mason, have publicly announced if they will run again.
Drawing for ballot positions will be on or before March 31.
Election Day voting will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and in the event of a run-off the run-off election will use the same voting hours on June 29.
Early voting for the special election will be June 1 to 4 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and will continue during the same hours on June 7.