The Montgomery County Board of Elections has confirmed that all votes cast for the late councilman John Beals, who died unexpectedly recently, will not count in the Nov. 5 election.
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Centerville expected to fill late councilman’s seat on Tuesday

Centerville City Council honored councilman John Beals Monday night but did not announce who will fill his expiring term. 

A special meeting is planned for 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, when an announcement is expected to be made on Beals’ replacement.  

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Beals died Oct. 21 after suffering a medical condition during the city’s volunteer golf outing at Yankee Trace. 

Beals, 83, lived in the city since 1965 and held a seat on City Council since 2008. 

He was one of four candidates seeking three council seats on the Nov. 5 ballot.

EARLIER REPORT (Oct. 27): Votes cast won’t be counted for Beals, election official says

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has confirmed that all votes cast for the late Centerville councilman John Beals, who died unexpectedly last week, will not count in the Nov. 5 election.

Beals, 83, apparently suffered a heart attack during the Oct. 21 Volunteer Golf Outing held by the city at Yankee Trace.

The longtime councilman was one of four candidates on the ballot seeking three council seats, and his death led to a quandary as to what to do with the votes that had been cast for him in early voting, and what the rules are to determine if there was a chance to add a name to run in his place on the ballot.

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Centerville can appoint someone to fill the remainder of his term this year, but City Council has not yet decided that, according to City Manager Wayne Davis. A decision is expected when council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Montgomery County Board of Elections officials and Centerville officials discussed what the ramifications are for the three candidates, who are incumbents Belinda Kenley and Mark Engert, and challenger Louis “Duke” Lunsford.

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Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, said that no write-in candidate was certified to run in the election so the three candidates will remain unchanged and win the seats.

“No votes cast for him will be counted,” Kelly said. 

A visitation for Beals was held on Thursday at City Hall, and another visitation and memorial service was held on Friday at the Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave.

City officials ordered the flag at City Hall to be flown at half-staff during the week.

Beals and his wife, former Centerville mayor Sally Beals, were married for 60 years. They share three children and three grandchildren. He loved gardening, tennis, traveling and Rotary Club according to his family.

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