Welch appointed to Frankford council; town’s 2016 election set for Feb. 6

FRANKFORD – Votes are in Gregory S. Welch is the newest member of the Frankford town council.

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Frankford Town Council vice president Joanne Bacon reads the oath of office to Greg Welch following Mr. Welch’s council appointment at a special meeting Wednesday night.

By a 3-0 vote of current council members Pam Davis, Marty Presley and Joanne Bacon at a special meeting Wednesday night, Mr. Welch was officially appointed to fill the remainder of the term made vacant with Elizabeth Carpenter’s resignation from council in mid-December.

Mr. Welch was the unanimous selection over Dora Bell, who had also expressed interest in filling the council seat. His term will expire in 2017.

This year, three council terms expire – and the stage is officially set for the Saturday, Feb. 6 town election. At the close of business Wednesday, four persons had filed: Ms. Davis, Mr. Presley, Skip Ash and Dawn Beck.

“So we have four for three,” said Mr. Presley.

Candidate filing deadline ended at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13

In addition to Ms. Davis and Mr. Presley, the council seat currently held by Charles Shelton is also up for election in 2016..

Voting in the Feb. 6 election is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Frankford Town Hall, located on Main Street next to the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.

Deadline for residents to register with the town to vote in the election is Friday, Jan. 15.

By town charter, voter qualifications are that a person must:

  • be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years of age; and
  • have resided within the corporate limits for at least 30 days prior to the election;
  • be registered to vote at Frankford Town Hall.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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