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Special election to fill vacant council seat

July 16, 2011

HOPKINTON - There will be a special election held on July 26 to choose a new member of the Hopkinton Town Council. One seat on the town council is currently vacant, and has been since the resignation of council member Jonathan Osborne in April.

The elected council member will finish out the remainder of Osborne’s term, which will end in November 2012.

The three candidates, all Republican, are David Husband, former editor of the Chariho Times, Frank T. Landolfi, current member of the planning board, and Edward D. Gaul.

Gaul and Landolfi both ran for seats on the current town council in the last year’s election, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Landolfi has finished out a town council term before when he was appointed to sit on the previous council after the departure of William Felkner in early 2010.

Since Osborne, who was elected in November 2010, left the council within one year of the beginning of his term, a special election, not an appointment, is the proper solution, according to Town Clerk Elizabeth Cook-Martin.

There will be three locations for town residents to cast their votes: Ashaway Elementary School, Hope Valley Elementary School, and Hopkinton Town Hall. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the election.

Osborne handed in a letter of resignation on Monday, April 18, 2010, and it was effective immediately. According to Cook-Martin, the letter was brief, and simply stated that he could no longer fulfill his obligation

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