Mansfield to hold special election Sept. 23

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield City Council will call for a special election to be held Sept. 23 to fill the mayoral post.

Interim Mayor Jefferson Riley said qualifying for the election will take place on Aug. 20, 21 and 22.

Riley, who was named mayor pro tem in January, has been serving as interim mayor since the resignation of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks earlier this year. Riley said he has not yet decided if he’ll seek the position in the special election, but an announcement could come soon.

“To be fair, I need to let everybody know in the next week or so if I’m going to run or not,” Riley said. “And when I announce, that will determine if we need to have an election for a council seat, as well.”

Riley was elected to the City Council in November 2013, took office in January and was named mayor pro tem at that time. He became acting mayor in March after Middlebrooks resigned amid allegations from residents of misuse of town funds.

If he qualifies to run for mayor, Riley will have to resign from his council post at that time.

An election in Mansfield costs about $6,000.