The Mason County Commissioners' Court met in regular session on Monday, and began their meeting by acknowledging the recent loss of John D. Fleming, Commissioner of Precinct 2 in Mason County.
Judge Jerry Bearden explained that, after checking with legal counsel, they had determined that Commissioner Fleming's remaining term (through December 31, 2010) will need to be filled with an appointment designated by Judge Bearden. He also explained to the Court that the process of electing someone to fill that spot in the November general election will be handled in a number of possible ways.
Addressing the appointment to fill the unexpired term, Judge Bearden said that he felt it best to find someone that was not interested in running for the position in November; but, that was interested in serving the county for the six months remaining. He told the Court that he hoped to look at his options for someone to fill the spot and to make a selection by Monday of next week.
Since Commissioner Fleming had run unopposed in the Republican primary, and had no Democratic challenger, the two county party chairs have been notified that they need to find qualified candidates for each side of the ballot for November. Someone wanting to run as an independent would be able to do so by gathering a petition with 50 signatures of people who did not vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries in order to be on the ballot. The issue of write-in candidates is still being investigated.