Town Charter: No special election necessary

SOUTHBRIDGE — With two years remaining in her term, Kristen Auclair announced she intends to resign from the Town Council later this month.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, Auclair took to her campaign’s Facebook page to make the announcement public, stating the planned resignation is to be effective Saturday, December 15. Southbridge Town Clerk Madaline I. Bonadies confirmed on Sunday evening that she had not yet received a resignation letter from Auclair. Bonadies affirmed a December 15 resignation would be within 180 days of the town’s annual general election on June 11, 2019, avoiding the need for a special election in the interim.

Auclair’s public announcement cites an upcoming move from Southbridge to the town of Mendon, about a one hour drive eastward.

“Due to unforeseeable circumstance, I will shortly be a residence [sic] of Mendon, MA,” Auclair wrote. “I have called Southbridge, MA my home for 32 years, and it will continue to hold that designation in my heart.”

Earlier this fall, it was announced by State Senate candidate Thomas Merolli that he and Auclair were dating. Merolli, a Democrat, is a Mendon resident.

In her statement, Auclair offered a vote of confidence that Town officials would “keep our town moving in a positive direction,” before pledging to “be back someday.”

The Citizen Chronicle will provide further news on this matter, including reaction, as the story develops.

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