By Charles Sercombe
Well here’s a twist no one saw coming in this year’s election for City Council.
Candidate Steve Shaya is asking voters to not vote for him because he has taken a job with the city.
Shaya has been appointed as a consultant to help run the Department of Public Works, and there is a good chance that if he wants the job as director, he has a shot at getting it.
Shaya said he is indeed applying for the job.
Election law does not allow for a candidate to have his or her name withdrawn from the ballot at this point. If Shaya wins one of the three seats on council, he said he will immediately resign.
And if that were to happen, the next highest vote-getter would take his seat on council.
He is asking his supporters to cast their vote for Councilmember Cathie Gordon and candidates Robert Zwolak and Anam Miah.
“These three candidates have the most experience for the job, and love for our community,” Shaya said in a press release he issued on Wednesday.
There are six candidates, including Shaya, running for one of three seats on council. Councilmember Gordon is the only incumbent seeking re-election.
In an otherwise dull election year, things just got interesting.