TREMONT — Write-in candidates have stepped in to fill vacant seats on the School Committee which, if elected Monday at the polls, would restore the committee to its full five members.
As previously reported, only one candidate was seeking election, leaving four unfilled seats on the committee. That candidate, incumbent Shane Ellis, said this week that there are four other people willing to take on the job if elected as write-in candidates.
Those potential committee members are Chris Harper, Michael McKee, Heather Davis and Jennifer Horner. For a write-in vote to be valid, the name should be spelled properly on the ballot.
Here’s where it gets confusing, Ellis said.
Although there are five slots up for grabs, only four are on the ballot. The recent resignation of a member came too late to get on the ballot, Ellis said. As a result, the most likely scenario, Ellis said, is that four people will be elected at the polls and, at one of their first meetings, they would appoint the fifth member, as state law allows.
Adding to the confusion is the fact Ellis isn’t the only name on the ballot. Nichole Cardano returned nomination papers for one of the vacant seats but, after the ballot was printed, decided she preferred not to be elected, according to town officials.