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Prospect City Council fails to elect a mayor

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Council requests change in voting procedure, calls for candidates

By Drew Nichter

After failing to elect a mayor, Prospect City Council has petitioned the state attorney general for a change in voting procedures and re-opened the call for candidates.

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In a second special-called meeting Wednesday, the six-member council voted to replace Todd Eberle, who resigned earlier this month. None of the five candidates received the four votes necessary for election.

Now the council has requested a ruling from Ky. Attorney General Jack Conway to reduce the required number of votes from four to three.

Tuesday, the council considered changing the requisite vote total without the attorney general's consent, but was dissuaded from doing so by the city's attorney.

In the meantime, the council has reissued the call for mayoral candidates. All Prospect residents 21 years or older are eligible to serve. All resumes are due to city hall by 5 p.m. April 4.

Two more special-called meetings have been set for 6 p.m. April 8 and 7 p.m. April 9 at Prospect City Hall.

John Evans, a former Prospect city attorney and council member, received three votes Wednesday. He submitted his name for consideration at the meeting.

Three of the other four candidates are city council members – Sandra Leonard, Stuart Miles and Mike Scott. They were not permitted to vote for themselves.

The fourth, Evan S. Comer, is the city's code enforcement board chair. He ran unsuccessfully for Prospect mayor in 2006.

A former Ky. attorney general, Chris Gorman, threw his hat in the ring Tuesday night, but also failed to get enough votes. He withdrew his name from consideration before Wednesday's meeting.

With six city council members – three of whom are candidates – and four votes required for election, the situation appears to be at a standstill, said City Administrator Ann Simms, who is currently serving as acting mayor.

If the city council does not elect a mayor before April 10, the decision then becomes Gov. Steve Beshear's to make.

Eberle resigned March 9 citing health issues and family obligations. He was elected Prospect mayor in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.