ALBANY -- This November's election for City Council won't be necessary after all. Only three candidates applied for the three seats. Therefore, the current council will hold a special meeting on Aug. 21 to cancel the council election and appoint the three candidates to the council, effective in December.
Peggy McQuaid and current interim councilwoman Rochelle Nason applied for the full four-year terms scheduled for this year's ballot. Those seats are currently held by Mayor Joanne Wile and Marge Atkinson, who are both termed out. Nason is currently serving the seat held by Peggy Thomsen, who died earlier this year.
Nick Pilch applied to serve the final two years of Thomsen's term.
Nason, McQuaid and Pilch were the three applicants to serve as interim council members after Thomsen's death.
Pilch is currently serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. McQuaid has served on numerous commissions and is a regular participant at council meetings.
There will be a contested election for the Albany Unified School District board, however, with four applicants filing for the three seats that will be up for election on the Nov. 4 ballot. Incumbent Paul Black is running for a second four-year term. Also running are Charles Blanchard, Elliott Chin and Ross Stapleton-Gray.