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Residents Want Special Election to Fill Vacant Seat

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Johnson County (KWWL) --  The Johnson County Board of Supervisors are currently operating a man down after Vice Chair Larry Meyers lost his battle with cancer last week.

The county has recognized the importance of filling the open seat, and will appoint someone to finish Meyers' term on october 28th.

One group believes it's the voters that should determine Meyers' replacement, and they believe that 7,299 votes is a goal worth attaining.

One signature at a time, Lori Cardella is fighting for what she believes is a worthy cause.

Cardella says, "The work's cut out for us, but we can do it."

Cardella is heading a grassroots effort to call for a special election to fill a seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, one that was left vacant after Vice-chair Larry Meyers passed away last week.

The Johnson County Auditor, Recorder, and Treasurer have decided to appoint the best qualified candidate to fill the open seat at the end of the month.

It's a decision Cardella would rather see in the voter's hands.

Cardella says, "There's no way, for them to think that 3 people could make a decision for 68,000 people, it comes across a bit arrogant to me."

Chair of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors Terrence Neuzil says the decesion to appoint, rather than to hold a special election was made with the public's best interest in mind.

Neuzil says, "When you started to look at the cost of that and the fact that we have 13 months left in Larry's term at a $75,000 price tag, they thought the best avenue would be an appointment."

Cardella says, "The freedom to vote, you can't put a dollar amount on that."

Cardella has 14 days after the October 28th appointment date to reach the 7,299 signatures to call for a special election.

Anyone interested in the open seat has until October 16th to get their application in to the county. The county will then decide who's best fit for the position in a process that's open to the public.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors says one in the last three appointments were protested by a special election.

Online Reporter: Jason Epner

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