Judge James Barber has not decided when the City of Columbia can hold its District 2 election to replace former Councilman E.W. Cromartie.
Barber heard arguments this morning from attorneys representing two District 2 residents: Durham Carter, who wants the election to be April 6, and Paul Denman, who wants the city to schedule a special election after April 6.
The City Council voted March 10 to schedule the election for April 6, giving voters 28 days to learn about the candidates. Denman says that?s not enough time. His attorney, Jay Bender, pointed out that voters have to be registered 30 days before an election. Scheduling the election for April 6 will keep a lot of voters from voting, he said.
But Carter, represented by attorney Butch Bowers, said a special election would keep the District 2 seat empty for up to two months at a time when council members are deciding how much money to spend in the next budget year, which begins July 1.
After hearing the arguments, Barber said he would rule ?as quickly as possible? before April 6.