While four of the eight seats on the Dublin City Council will be up for election in May, the city has announced that an election will not be held.
With four openings and four individuals filing to run for a place on the ballot, lack of opposition has simplified the political process.
The terms of Jeff Weaver, Ward One; Dan Burlison, Ward Two; Gaylon Craddock, Ward Three; and James Yoho, Ward Four, will expire in less than two months, following the May 10 election. Burlison and Craddock both filed for re-election.
Burlison is currently serving his first term with the council and said he is ready to get down to business during his second term.
“There are a lot of projects we are currently working on that I would like to see finished,” Burlison said. “We have a great council and I want to see Dublin continue to move in a positive direction. We purchased a lot of equipment over the last year and spent a lot of money, but we finally have what we need to get the work done.”
Craddock, who has served five years on the council, said he is excited about the opportunity to continue working for the citizens of Dublin.
“I enjoy the job,” Craddock said. “I like helping the people and I will continue to do so as long as they keep asking.”
Meanwhile, Tom Gordon filed for a chance at Ward One and Melody Warner filed for a shot at Ward Four.
Gordon, who previously served two terms on the council, said he is looking forward to the chance to represent the city.
“It will be exciting working with a new council and new city manager,” Gordon said. “I am excited about serving on the council again.”
Warner was not available for comment.
City secretary Rhonda Williams said 2008 marked the first time in her 11 years with the city that an election will not be held.
“The new council members will be sworn in during the June (council) meeting,” Williams said. “The current council will open the meeting and the new council will step forward to take their seats.”