The city of Madison has scheduled a special election to fill the now vacant Ward Four seat on the board of aldermen.
Steve Hickok previously served as Ward Four aldermen for 20 years, until he stepped down and moved to a different ward, which city attorney Chelsea Brannon is the reason for the vacancy.
Since there are more than six months left in the municipal term, a special election is required. The special election is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
“If no candidate receives a majority of votes, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will move to a special election on Tuesday, February 4, 2020,” Brannon said.
The end of this municipal term is 2021, according to Brannon.
“State statute requires the board to call for the special election,” Brannon said. “The statute further provides the timeline for conducting the election. Candidates must qualify by petition, to include signatures from at least 50 qualified electors. The election is conducted as far as practicable in the same manner as a regular election.”
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said city officials will miss the former aldermen.
“Steve was a people’s aldermen,” she said. “Madison was blessed by him. He was former military and followed through on every task he took on. We will miss him, and we salute him. He is one of the finest men I know.”