Jack Hastings was officially sworn in as the new District 5 (D5) Councilmember today at Surprise City Hall.
Hastings won the D5 seat during the August Primary Election over David Sanders, the council-appointed incumbent.
Sanders was appointed on January 4, 2019 with a term expiration of December 31, 2020. However, in light of a recent ruling by the Maricopa County Superior Court where, in another jurisdiction, the term of appointment of a city council vacancy was challenged, the Surprise City Council voted October 6 to amend its Municipal Code to align with the ruling.
The amendment changed the oath of office date from January to the date of the General Election, or the canvass of the General Election, for a candidate who receives a majority vote in a primary, or the greater number of votes in the General Election, respectively, against an incumbent who was appointed to a vacancy that occurred more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline.
Therefore, with the General Election occurring November 3, Hastings was officially sworn in today, rather than in January. There will be a ceremonial swearing-in for Councilmember Hastings at the November 17th Regular City Council Meeting.
The 2020 Primary Election also determined council representatives for Districts 2, 3 and 4 and the office of Mayor. Incumbent Patrick Duffy won in District 3, and incumbent Ken Remley won in District 4. In District 2, current councilmember Nancy Hayden did not run for reelection, and Alyson “Aly” Cline won the seat in the Primary. The swearing in for the positions in Districts 2, 3 and 4 will take place in January 2021, as none of them are replacing appointed positions and their elected terms expire December 31, 2020. Mayor Skip Hall is currently serving an appointed term, but as he was reelected, will also swear in for his new term in January 2021.