Riverview council race runnerup dies

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – City council candidate Mark Drysdale died Nov. 10 after falling off a ladder Nov. 2, a day before the general election.

Drysdale, 63, died at Beaumont Hospital – Trenton. He earned the fourth highest amount of votes in a bid for one of three city council seats in the Nov. 3 election. Yet, there was a fourth seat left vacant by Councilman Andrew Swift when he attempted the mayoral seat. There are two years left on Swift’s term.

According to the city’s charter, the position is offered to the person garnering the next greatest number of votes not securing a seat. With Drysdale’s death, the position is offered to the next highest votegetter, Bill Towle.

Towle said if the seat is offered to him he will accept.

“As of now, there’s been no communication with the council,” Towle said Thursday.

If sworn in, Towle, who attends nearly every council meeting, said he would like to bring transparency and oversight to the council, two items he has advocated for years. Towle said he doesn’t want residents to be kept in the dark about things going on in the city.

Swift’s vacant seat may be discussed at the Nov. 16 council meeting, when the council is sworn in.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)