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Special Elections Scheduled to Fill Two Vacant Seats

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Special Elections Scheduled to Fill Two Vacant Seats

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In special session, the Tompkins County Legislature formally scheduled two special elections to fill the unexpired terms of Kathy Luz Herrera (District 2) and Nathan Shinagawa (District 4).  Both Legislators resigned effective September 16.

The resolutions scheduling the two special elections for the date of the general election November 3, as required pursuant to the County Charter, were each approved by unanimous votes of 9-0, with Legislators Dooley Kiefer, Dan Klein, and Peter Stein excused.  The Charter specifies that, when a vacancy occurs on the Legislature after August 15 but before September 20, it must be filled at the next general election.

Asked by Legislator Mike Sigler if one must live in the district to seek office, County Attorney Jonathan Wood advised that a candidate must live in the district as of the time of nomination and election.

Legislator Shinagawa yesterday announced that he is changing his residence to Fall Creek, where he has owned a house for the past four years where members of his family have lived, and is seeking the District 2 seat. 

Ithaca resident Anna Kelles has also announced her candidacy for the District 2 seat.

The two unexpired terms run through the end of 2017.