BRENTWOOD -- Councilmembers here canceled the November election Tuesday for what might be the first time ever.

Brentwood City Council reappointed incumbents Steve Barr and Vice Mayor Joel Bryant, both of whom are running uncontested for a second four-year term.

Following the meeting, City Clerk Margaret Wimberly said that to the best of her knowledge the city never has canceled an election since incorporating in 1948 until now.

Barr and Bryant recused themselves one at a time during the two 3-0 votes. Councilman Gene Clare was absent.

"You can just high-five (each other) on the way in and the way out," quipped Councilman Erick Stonebarger as Barr re-entered the council chamber and Bryant prepared to leave.

"I'm not assuming anything -- no sir," Bryant replied with a chuckle.

The city will save an estimated $37,500 by doing away with the election, Wimberly said, although she noted following the meeting that there still might be a few minor costs such as that incurred by the county verifying the signatures that candidates must collect from other voters in order to get their name on the ballot.

Reach Rowena Coetsee at 925-779-7141.



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