WALNUT CREEK -- It's official: There will be no municipal election here this November.

The City Council decided at a special meeting Thursday to cancel the election after the minimum number of candidates necessary -- two -- filed for the two city council seats up for election this year.

The council decided to appoint Councilwoman Cindy Silva, a two-time mayor, and former attorney Rich Carlston to the seats. They will take the oath of office and begin their four-year terms in December. Incumbent Mayor Kristina Lawson decided not to seek re-election.

Also unchallenged was fifth-term incumbent Treasurer Ron Cassano. He too was reappointed.

The cancellation of the city election saves $55,000, according to the city clerk. This move also means that there can be no effort for a write-in candidate.

The city has not had an uncontested election since 2002.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617 or enardi@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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