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Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury passes away

Cross post from HatCityBLOG

Over the weekend, long time City Councilman, former Danbury High School teacher, and former 109 District GOP State Rep candidate Gregg Seabury passed away, he was sixty-seven years old.

Statement for the City of Danbury:

The City of Danbury is deeply saddened by the passing of Majority Leader and Councilman At-Large Gregg William Seabury.

Mr. Seabury served on various boards and commissions before being elected to the City Council in 2003. He was a beloved member of the Rogers Park Middle School, Broadview Middle School, and Danbury High School families during his 3 decades as a science teacher. Mr. Seabury will also be remembered as a coach and as a tireless civic leader devoted to the Danbury community.

In addition to his work on the City Council, Mr. Seabury was a former member of the Danbury Republican Town Committee and a former member of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee.

Mr. Seabury is survived by his wife Barbara and his 4 children. He loss will be deeply felt by the entire community.

The City of Danbury wishes to extend its prayers to the councilman’s family and friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.”

According to state law (CGS 9-460), the Danbury Republican Town Committee has until 2PM today to file a replacement for Seabury on the ballot.

If a nominee dies within twenty-four days, but prior to twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls on the day of the election for which such nomination has been made, the vacancy may be filled in the manner prescribed in this section by two o’clock p.m. of the day before the election with the municipal clerk or the Secretary of the State, as the case may be. If a nominee dies within twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls and prior to the close of the polls on the day of the election for which such nomination has been made, such nominee shall not be replaced and the votes cast for such nominee shall be canvassed and counted, and if such nominee receives a plurality of the votes cast, a vacancy shall exist in the office for which the nomination was made. The vacancy shall then be filled in a manner prescribed by law. A copy of such certification to the municipal clerk shall also be filed with the Secretary of the State. Such nomination to fill a vacancy due to death or disqualification shall include a statement setting forth the reason for such vacancy. If at the time such nomination is certified to the Secretary of the State or to the municipal clerk, as the case may be, the ballot labels have already been printed, the Secretary of the State shall direct the municipal clerk in each municipality affected to (A) have the ballot labels reprinted with the nomination thus made included thereon, (B) cause printed stickers to be affixed to the ballot labels so that the name of any candidate who has died, withdrawn or been disqualified is deleted and the name of any candidate chosen to fill such vacancy appears in the same position as that in which the vacated candidacy appeared, or (C) cause blank stickers to be so affixed if the vacancy is not filled.

I’m currently in talks with officials to determine the protocol if Seabury’s name is not replaced on the ballot.