EUREKA - John Delaney resigned his seat on the Woodford County Board, while Tom McKenna was appointed to replace him at the July 17 meeting. However, the appointment at this point in Delaney’s term has brought up issues that will have to be resolved before the fall election. He has more than 28 months remaining so the remainder of his unexpired term (two years), which will start in December, will be filled by a candidate elected in the Nov. 6 election.
According to board chair Stan Glazier, he notified leaders in both the Republican and Democratic Parties about Delaney’s written resignation shortly after he received it, but no one presented the name of a candidate to fill the vacancy. Glazier then submitted McKenna’s name to fill the term and it was approved by the board. However, McKenna’s appointment will end following at the Dec. 18 meeting.
But, McKenna may or may not be the choice of the Republican Central Committee to finish Delaney’s term beyond December. At the meeting, his residency was challenged with some board members who questioned if he actually lives in District 1. McKenna owns property in the district, is registered to vote there and he signed an affidavit saying it was his residence.
In order to appear on the November ballot, an individual must file paperwork with the county clerk's office no later than Aug. 29 by officials from the either party. Candidates from those two parties must go through their central party committees to be put on the ballot. No petitions will be required, but candidates will have to fill out some paperwork once their party submits a name.
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