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 Election Image2  Special Election Called

Candidates filing open through March 7 for
Council vacancy

At the January 19 meeting, the City Council adopted an ordinance calling for a special election to be held on May 7, 2016. The selection of former At-Large Council member Position 1 Andy Brauninger as Mayor in December left an open seat on the Council dais.

Residents who meet the state and City Charter requirements may file an application for a place on the ballot in the City Secretary’s office through March 7 at 5 p.m. Any qualified voter of the city of Huntsville may cast a ballot in this election, as At-Large Councilmember positions are selected citywide. The At-Large Position 1 Councilmember elected will serve the remainder of the current term, but will then have to run again in November this year, if they wish to try to retain the seat for its next term.

Candidate Packets for the 2015 City of Huntsville General Election are available through the office of the City Secretary at City Hall, 1212 Avenue M, or on the City web site at

The City of Huntsville application fee is one dollar, per City Charter mandate. City Secretary Lee Woodward acknowledged members of the public may have questions about the responsibilities of Councilmembers.

“The City Secretary’s office provides the candidate packets, which include general information, a brief of the state election calendar, and references for guidelines and statutes,” Woodward said. “Anyone is welcome to learn more about the duties of Councilmembers and how the election process is conducted, even if they have no desire to run for office. The steps to becoming and the obligations of an elected Councilmember are many and varied.”

For more information, email [email protected], call 936-291-5403, or visit the City’s Elections page at