Neither the mayor’s office, nor any of the three districts up for re-election to Chesterfield Town Council will face opposition for their next term.
Billy Cassidy, who has been a councilman for District 4 since 2008, has been the only person to file for this office, said Chesterfield Clerk and Treasurer Betty Lynn Watson.
Chesterfield Mayor John Douglas announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
The only people to file for each of the council seats in Districts 1, 3, and 5, are incumbents. Because there is no opposition, South Carolina election laws, amended in 2003, do not require an election to be held.
Not having to proceed with an election with pre-determined results saves tax payers the cost of the election process. Watson said the election would have been held April 8 had there been any competition.
Because Cassidy currently holds the council seat for district 4, a special election will be held to fill that position — but that cannot take place until Cassidy officially resigns, said Watson. Once that happens, a special election date will be set.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.