Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 2, 2012

Race for Gamaliel commissioners has 4 write-in candidates

No official names on ballot

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — All four Gamaliel city commissioners are seeking election as write-in candidates.

Paul Lee, who is technically up for re-election, missed the deadline to file for office and is running as a write-in candidate.

Three other commissioners, who were recently appointed to their positions and are seeking election as write-in candidates are: Jeff Geralds, Bob Greer and Tommy Bartley.

According to city clerk Ruby Davis, the commission was conducting city business with only two commissioners plus its mayor, Carol Wheeler in 2011. The Gamaliel has a commission form of government that operates with four commissioners and must have at least three present in order to have quorum, she said.

When one of the two commissioners resigned in September, that left the city with one commissioner plus the mayor, meaning they had no quorum in which to conduct city business.

To fill the vacant seats, local officials had to enlist people to serve on the commission.

“We recruited some and told those people they needed to step up,” said Tommy Willett, county judge-executive for Monroe County. “Fortunately, they did. I think within 24 hours we had some fine representatives to step up to the plate.”

Brian Pack, city attorney, said the fact that three people agreed to serve on the commission is “kind of impressive” for a town the size of Gamaliel. He also said it is a job “they take a lot of pride in.”

The city of Gamaliel is located in the southern portion of Monroe County with a population of 376 and is a sixth-class city, according to the 2010 Census.