Petition Gets Enough Signatures For Special Election
August 13, 2020
It appears there will be a special election in Dubuque to fill a council seat created by the resignation of 1st ward councilman Bret Shaw earlier this year, even though the city council just recently appointed former councilman Kevin Lynch to fill the term. A petition, which required at least 157 signatures from residents living in the ward, was turned in by 1st ward resident Lou Oswald before Monday’s deadline. Oswald has run a number of times for the seat, but was unsuccessful. He says he has no intentions of running again, but felt like the residents in his ward should be able to elect their representative. When Lynch was appointed, Mayor Roy Buol said it would save the city thousands of dollars by not having a special election. If more than two people file to run, there would have to be a primary, which means the earliest a special election could be held would be January 5th, while the primary would take place on December 8th. Lynch says he will not run in the special election. A special election could cost the city up to $13,000.