Providence cancels 2011 election

There will be no election in Providence City on November 8. The city council passed a resolution Tuesday night canceling the election and then certified three candidates after a fourth council candidate dropped out of the race.Providence City Administrator Skarlet Bankhead says four people filed for three open council seats but incumbent David Low recently withdrew his name. That left the names of incumbents John Russell and Bill Bagley and candidate Ralph Call on the ballot.Bankhead says Utah code 20A-1206 provides for a canceled election if certain criteria is met.”(A city may cancel a municipal election) if all of the municipal officers are elected in an at-large election, which is the way we do,” Bankhead explained, “and the number of candidates, including any eligible write-in candidates (the time frame for writing in has passed, we didn’t have any write-in candidates), if any does not exceed the number of open at-large municipal offices for which the candidates have filed.”Bankhead said the city also met the other criteria, there are no propositions or questions on the ballot. With three council seats and three candidates the council passed the resolution not to conduct an election. Bankhead says Bagley, Russell and Call were all certified at the Tuesday council meeting and considered elected to office.In his letter of withdrawal, Low said he had enjoyed his work on the council but had too many other involvements at this time.

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