PLEASANT HILL -- The City Council on Monday decided to leave its fifth council seat vacant until the November election.
Terri Williamson, who moved out of town last month, officially resigned from the council last week. The council could have appointed someone to fill the seat until the term ends in December. They declined to do so, in part because of the incumbency advantage the appointee might have enjoyed if she or he ran for a council seat in the upcoming election.
Pleasant Hill voters will elect three council members this fall. Councilman David Durant is up for re-election; with Williamson's departure and Mayor John Hanecak's decision not to seek a third term, there will be two open seats on the ballot. The candidate filing period begins July 16 and closes at 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Nomination papers will be available from the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane.
Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.