T-or-C voters go to the polls this coming Tuesday, March 12, for a special election that will name a replacement for late City Commissioner Freddie Torres and resolve the community’s stance regarding a Citizens’ Initiative, aimed at halting the city’s present solid waste management programs.
As of Thursday morning, March 7, officials with the city clerk’s office had recorded the issuing of 231 early voting ballots for Tuesday’s election. Of those recorded, 217 were cast as In-Person early voting ballots, while the remainder took advantage of the absentee by mail voting opportunity.
Following closure of the polls on Tuesday evening, city clerk Mary Penner and the election staff will tally the votes, and upon confirming the results, announce decisions that will bring to rest months of discourse and concern related to the questions placed before voters.
With only two candidates seeking the available commission post, voters will decide if former commission candidate Mike Kertesz or long-time community leader Terry Taylor will fill out the remainder of Commissioner Torres’ term.
Perhaps more importantly, voters will decide if the community will side with those behind the proposed Citizens’ Initiative. City manager Juan Fuentes has stated that community endorsement of this initiative would prompt the city to forego use of the newly completed solid waste collection facility and initiate a program for directly hauling solid waste to available landfills, with a significant increase in customer costs.
Registered voters of the City of T-or-C may cast their votes in person at Lee Belle Johnson Center on Foch St.