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By Joe Crews
posted Jan 6, 2014 - 3:43:40pm
The Pierson Town Council will appoint a replacement for the late Billy Carter, who died Dec. 30, a town official said.
Carter, 73, passed away at home that Monday morning, according to a funeral notice. He was a Navy veteran and longtime owner of Carter’s Country Kitchen in Pierson. He had been a Town Council member since 1985.
Now, the council will appoint someone to fill the seat until the term ends in November, Council Chairman Samuel Bennett said.
“The charter lays out that if there is a vacancy, the mayor submits names for consideration by the council, which makes the final decision,” Bennett said. “Council members also can submit names.”
Since there is no other pressing business facing the Town Council, Bennett said, the issue will be discussed at the council’s next meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The four-year term of Carter’s Seat 2 was to expire this November, along with those of two other council members and the mayor.
Since Pierson is on a unified election schedule with most other Volusia County municipalities, a primary election will be held Aug. 26 and a runoff, if necessary, will be held Nov. 4, Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said.
Qualifying for all races — municipal, county, multi-county and statewide — will be the week of June 16. Municipal candidates qualify through their respective city or town halls, while candidates for all other races qualify through the Volusia County Department of Elections, McFall said.
Bennett said he has heard “several” people have expressed interest in filling out the remainder of the term for Seat 2, but he didn’t know their names.
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