Staver Looks to Future After Winning Special Election

Posted at: 05/08/2013 6:43 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Tuesday night’s special election sealed the position of City Council President for Randy Staver. But we haven't seen the end of these special elections just yet.

Randy Staver will be sworn in as the city council president in the next few weeks. The city will then start to work on filling his seat.

"We have so many exciting things ahead of us, let's get down to work," said Randy Staver.

While Rochester's new city council president may be ready to get back to business as usual, there is still one more position to fill.

"The first election we have planned is July 30th," said city clerk Judy Scherr.

Scherr says the will start the filing process for the open seat of ward 5 in early June. By state law there will then need to be a month for campaigning. If the number of votes are large enough the election could end there.

"If somebody receives 50 percent plus one they will win that election and we don't have to do a general election, If not we will have a general election on September," said Scherr.

These special elections haven't been cheap. The first one cost the city around $70,000 dollars and Scherr estimates the last one cost around $20,000 dollars.

"You have technicians, you have the ballots, and you don't know how many people are to turn out so you don't know how many ballots to print," said Scherr.

If the cost isn't a reason to have the seat filled the important decisions ahead are.

"It's very important to the council that we get that 7th person back, we need that 7th person it's just important that we have a full council," said Staver.

Randy will be sworn in on May 20th at that point they will formally announce the vacancy of his seat. Filing for that position will last from June 4th to the 18th.