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[Desktop only]* Stamford cancels the unlawful one-year special Board of Education election

Two Fridays ago, I explained that the one-year special election for the Board of Education was unlawful and should be cancelled, because the city charter allows for special municipal elections only on odd-numbered years. Last Friday, Corporation Counsel Kathy Emmett released a legal opinion agreeing with my conclusion, and cancelling the election. Specifically, the opinion states: There is no ambiguity in the Charter – C1-80-2 expressly states that vacancy elections for the Board of Education are held at biennial elections. Therefore, it is our opinion that the inclusion on the 2020, non-biennial year, ballot of a vacancy election for a seat on the Board of Education is incorrect, and that

Cancel the illegal one-year Board of Education special election!

The Advocate brings word of the Stamford Republican Town Committee’s latest adventures in filling the seats guaranteed to non-Democrats pursuant to the state’s minority party representation rules. This November, there are four incumbent Board of Education members running for re-election: three Democrats; and one Republican, Becky Hamman, who was elected earlier this year by the Board of Representatives to fill the vacancy created when Frank Cerasoli moved from the Board of Education to the Board of Finance. The Board of Education has nine total seats, with three, three-year staggered terms. So, three of these races are for three-year terms, and one race is for a one-year term, to fill out

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