Frankford to hold first election in eight years

Frankford officials are preparing for a rare occurrence in the town: an election. For the first time in eight years, more than just the incumbent council members are running for seats on the town council.

Three candidates have filed for election to two available seats: incumbents Vincent Leon-Check and Cheryl Workman, and frequent council attendee Jerry Smith. The two seats both carry a two-year term.

And Monday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., the town’s board of elections will gather to scrutinize the qualifications of each of the three candidates to ensure all three are eligible to run for Frankford Town Council.

Town Manager Terry Truitt said this week that some candidates have been disqualified in past elections, but it is anticipated that all three of this year’s candidates will be eligible to run and that an election will be held. If any one of the candidates were to be disqualified, though, the elections would be canceled and seats filled by the remaining candidates.

Assuming all three found to be eligible as candidates, Frankford voters will be able to head to the polls for the first time in years, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the town hall, and cast votes for two of the three. The top two vote-getters will stake claim to the two available seats.

The town’s registration deadline for voters in the 2009 council election has already passed, but Truitt said that shouldn’t stop eligible residents from registering anyway.

“We welcome and encourage anybody to still continue to register to vote,” she said. “It may be too late for this election, but they’ll be registered for the next election. It’s never too late.”

Voters who did register in time for the 2009 election should remember to bring photo identification to the polls on Feb. 7.