The City of Graham voted Thursday, March 13, to cancel its scheduled May election.
The cancellation came as the result of none of the three positions up for reelection being contested, including mayor, city council position one and city council position two. The council passed a motion to cancel the election through ordinance #1015.
Barry White concludes his six year stint as mayor in May, and current city council member for position one, Jack Graham will be sworn in as mayor on May 22, the date of the first Graham City Council meeting after what would have been the May 10 election.
Darby Brockway will be sworn in that day for city council position one, and Brint Albritton will replace Greg Montgomery for city council position two. Graham Public Works Director David Casteel said that city staff is pleased that Brockway and Albritton have filed for places on the City Council.
"As we finance projects and negotiate contracts, it will be very beneficial to have these two gentlemen to go to for advice," Casteel said. "They each have extensive financial, investment and business experience that we can glean from in making recommendations to the council."
Mayor Barry White said he has enjoyed his time in the Graham City Counci and the mayor's office, and believes that the city will be well taken care of once he steps down.
"I think he'll do a great job," Mayor White said of Jack Graham. "I think the mayoral position is being left in great hands."
Read the rest of the story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.