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Special Election for Rochester City Council President Tuesday

Posted at: 05/06/2013 10:42 PM
Updated at: 05/06/2013 10:45 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- The city of Rochester is one day away from electing their new city council president. It's been almost a year since the former president, Denny Hanson passed away. This time, councilman Randy Staver is going into the election with pretty good odds

The most recent election to replace Denny Hanson's seat was too close to call. Though Randy Staver had the most votes, he had to have 50 percent of the votes overall to be elected, and didn't. However, this time, the likelihood of him taking the seat is pretty good.

"The first was a primary because we had four that filed for the office, so we had to narrow it down to two, and now we consider this the general," said Rochester's Deputy City Clerk Valori Langseth.

Voters will see two names on the ballot Tuesday night. Even after councilman Michael Wojcik said he was ending his campaign for the seat. "If there's a name on the ballot, it's set. There's no way to just stop an election,” said Langseth.

Wojcik's decision wasn't an automatic win for Randy Staver. He still has to be voted in. "A lot of people say 'why vote?' but they do really need to get out and vote. It is an important thing, there are still names on the ballot,” said Langseth.

"I think first and foremost I just hope people come out and vote. They really need to exercise their civic duty and make their wishes known and that's something I think we all hope for as elected officials," said Randy Staver.

If voters do elect Staver, there will be another election to replace his current seat on council. "The charter does allow us to appoint someone as an interim individual but we'll take it one step at a time, get past tomorrow night, and see what happens," said Staver.

Though the process seems never-ending, Staver says tomorrow night will still be a big relief. "I am glad were are coming to the conclusion of this chapter. I’m looking forward to move on. We have so many important things to look forward to as a city.” said Staver.

The last election cost the city of Rochester $69,000. Langseth thinks this one will be cheaper because there are fewer ballots.