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Bayside readies for special election of council members Nov. 2

By JR Ortega
Oct. 15, 2010 at 5:15 a.m.


WHO'S IN? WHO'S OUT?Council Member, Place 1Up for election:

Linda Bell

Karen Clark

Replacing former council member:

Eugene Fricks*

Council Member, Place 2Holding seat:

Robert Moreno

Replaced former council member:

David Vega

Council Member, Place 3Holding seat:

Janet Christensen

Replaced former council member:

Sharon Scott

Council Member, Place 4Holding seat:

Leonard Spanjers**

Up for election:

Danny Briseno

Peter Gonzales

Al Posas

Council Member, Place 5Up for election:

Francisco "Frank" Briseno, Jr.

Orville Downs

Replacing former council member:

Gloria Derrough*

*Eugene Fricks and Gloria Derrough resigned on May 8 when former Mayor Billy Paul Fricks was beat by Ken Dahl and several city employees resigned.

**Leonard Spanjers will resign on Nov. 2. Spanjers put in a resignation for medical reasons on May 8. He stayed with the council so they could have a quorum to hold regularly scheduled council meetings.

EARLY VOTINGEarly voting in person begins Monday and ends Oct. 29 at the election administrator's office in Refugio

Election fever is rising throughout the Crossroads, but nowhere near as much as in the small town of Bayside.

In May, the townspeople and elected officials grew worrisome when Mayor Ken Dahl beat out former mayor Billy Paul Fricks.

With Fricks out, Eugene Fricks, who held the council member Place 1 position and Gloria Derrough, who held council member Place 5 position, resigned along with the city secretary and several other city employees.

With a special election on Nov. 2, Dahl can only hope for things to look up for the town.

ELECTION DRAMA

Because of the resignation of several key players in the city, Dahl was faced with the possibility of not being able to form a quorum, which is needed to hold regularly scheduled council meetings, he said.

Another council member, Leonard Spanjers, who serves Place 4, also resigned at about the same time as Eugene Fricks and Derrough, but was doing so because of health reasons.

Dahl was able to convince Spanjers to stay, which gave the council three members - , the number needed to hold meetings.

"He's been an asset for us," Dahl said. "He's definitely helped the town out."

Also in the May election, Robert Moreno replaced David Vega's Place 2 seat on the council and Janet Christensen replaced Sharon Scott's Place 3 seat.

Spanjers has announced that he will resign on Nov. 2, when three Place 4 candidates vying for his position, Dahl said.

With Spanjers staying on board, the council was able to hire new city employees at the council's June 8 meeting.

"It would have been pretty ugly over here had he not done that," Dahl said.

Spanjers did not return any phone calls from the Advocate.

Only two council members are needed to swear in the new three council members on the eighth day after Nov. 2 so with Spanjers gone, swearing in will still be possible, Dahl said.

"We've been learning as we go. It's been interesting," Dahl said about the new city employees and the council.

TO NOVEMBER

Dahl hopes for the best this election.

"I just hope it's a fair election," Dahl said. "I let the people pick who they want."

May's election had a large turnout, Dahl said.

About 70.9 percent of registered voters turned out.

He thinks the town can do that again next month, he said.

"It's the people's choice," he said. "Just listen to what (the candidates') platforms are."

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