Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Board took no action last week on special election

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Wastewater Board took no action last week after Gov. Rick Scott's office said David Asdourian's term on the board ended on the Nov. 6 election.

Asdourian qualified as a candidate for the board, but withdrew his name from the general election race after the board appointed him to finish the term of Susan Hammaker who resigned in August. Hammaker had two years remaining on the board when she stepped down.

After weeks of discussion, the board appointed Asdourian to Hammaker's seat on sewer board attorney Ray Giglio's advice that the appointee would serve out the remainder of her four-year term.

But attorneys for the governor informed the district two weeks ago that Asdourian'a appointment was good only through Nov. 6 and a special election is the only proper way to proceed.

Gary Holland, an attorney for the Department of State, which oversees the elections, advised Giglio that he was contacted by the governor's office and would not be able to issue a commission to Asdourian.

Holland also informed the county's elections office that the sewer district must hold the election. It is unknown at this time if early voting will be available.

At the last week's sewer board meeting, member Charlie Brooks made a motion to instruct Giglio to research the options of a special election.

Board member Norm Higgins, however, refused to second the motion, saying the district should wait a week until board member Andy Tobin was present.

The board often leans on the advice of Tobin, an attorney, when legal issues arise.

When Chairman Robby Majeska offered to second Brooks' motion, Brooks withdrew it.

Since Brooks lost his bid for re-election, he said he may consider running against Asdourian for the open seat.

The board was expected to discuss the matter again on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Newly elected board member Steve Gibbs and the re-elected Majeska were to be sworn in during the same meeting.

Results were not available at press time.


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