As of the close of the filing period at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, Atherton had only three candidates for three open City Council seats, so council members will decide at a special meeting on Aug. 21 whether they want to cancel the election and appoint the three incumbents who filed to run or hold the election anyway.
Only incumbents Rick DeGolia, Bill Widmer and Mike Lempres filed for the three seats. If the council votes not to hold the election, it will be the second election in a row in which only the incumbents filed. In 2016, incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest were the only two candidates, and the council voted to appoint them to their seats.
The Aug. 21 meeting will be at 8 a.m. in the town's council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road.