WESTMORLAND — After another failed attempt to fill a vacant City Council seat by appointment, the City Council here unanimously voted to pass a resolution that will place a special council election during regularly scheduled March elections.
The council was hoping to fill a seat left vacant by Thomas Marquez earlier this month.
Six candidates applied for the seat, but two withdrew their applications. Of the remaining four, two were clearly favored — Thomas Landrum and Martha Cruz.
In Tuesday's special meeting, the council was hoping to settle the matter and appoint someone to finish the remaining three years of the four-year term.
The council split votes again, as it had Oct. 17, ending its hopes of filling the seat by appointment. The city had a deadline of 30 days from the acceptance of Marquez's resignation to fill the vacancy by appointment. If that didn't occur, a special election would have to be set.