The Windsor Town Board has canceled the upcoming April election for three town board seats because all the candidates are running unopposed.
The board voted unanimously to cancel the election at the board’s Monday meeting and is scheduled to swear in the board members for their four-year terms April 14. Christian Morgan will represent district two, and Kristie Melendez and Ivan Adams will be reappointed to districts four and six, respectively.
Current district two board member Don Thompson chose not to run for re-election, Town Clerk Patti Garcia said. Thompson was absent from Monday’s meeting.
“When I ran the first time, it was with the intent of serving one term,” Thompson said Tuesday. “I’ve been retired 12 years and there hasn’t been a time I haven’t been serving on a board or committee. (My wife and I) want to do some traveling and to do a good job (on the town board) you need to stick around town. It’s been great working with the citizens, my colleagues on the board and town staff. It’s been the best four years of my life.”
Thompson also said his replacement, Morgan, will be a great addition to the board and he was pleased to see him running for the vacant seat.
“I think he’s going to do a great job,” Thompson said.
Garcia said the town received one petition for each open seat, and so by ordinance, the town can cancel the election and save the money it would have spent.
She said nomination petitions were circulated from Jan. 21-Feb. 10 and the town received three petitions, one for each available seat, by the deadline. Write-in candidate affidavits were due by Feb. 18 and none was received by the deadline, she said.
“So by ordinance, which you guys have established, the Town of Windsor can cancel that election because there are no other questions other than those seats available,” Garcia said.
The last time the Town of Windsor canceled an election was in April 1994, according to Garcia.
“No sense in having an election if you don’t need it,” Mayor John Vazquez said. He welcomed upcoming board member Morgan, who attended the board’s meeting and said the board looked forward to working with him.