HOPKINTON – The Town Council is down one member after Jonathan Osborne handed in a letter of resignation last Monday, April 18.
According to Town Clerk Elizabeth Cook-Martin, Osborne's letter was very brief in indicating that he could no long fulfill his obligations and that he would be resigning effective immediately.
He was elected to the council in the general election last November. He ran as an Independent candidate and was the fourth highest vote-getter with 1,597 votes, or 14.3 percent of the total.
Councilor Scott Bill Hirst, a Republican, came in fifth while two other Republican candidates, Edward D. Gaul and Frank T. Landolfi, came in sixth and seventh, respectively. Landolfi sat on the previously council after he was appointed to the position when William Felkner resigned in early 2010.
Cook-Martin explained that a special election will be necessary to fill the position as the next election is more than a year out. The council will have to call for one, she said, and it will then need to occur at least 60 days after that.
During that time, the Board of Elections will create a calendar and declarations will need to be made just like a general election, she said. Potential candidates will have to prepare nomination papers and then they will need to qualify with the appropriate amount of signatures.
When everything will get started isn't yet known, Cook-Martin said. She added that the special election will fall during the summer months, which will make it difficult to get the word out and make people aware of what's going on in town.