WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A city man who got one write-in vote for the Ward 2 City Council seat could be sworn in next month.
A judge ruled Brian Winters is entitled to the seat. Back in 2011, Winters and his wife each wrote-in each other instead of voting for the incumbent James Brown. Brown resigned in the fall leaving the seat open to an eligible for the runner up.
“It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I didn’t expect them to do it the way they’ve done it,” said Brian Winters, Westfield.
The City Council never voted to approve Winters and passed it along to Mayor Daniel Knapik. He later asked the court for a “declaratory judgment.” Knapik explains there were questions over what was defined as a “candidate” and if Winters qualified as one, having received only one vote.
“It’s just one of those things when you write laws, you often write them in a vacuum,” said Knapik.
The judges ruling requires the City Council to vote in Winters and after that he needs to be sworn in within 15 days.
Winters says he is looking forward to the job.
“I just want to make smart decisions for our ward, you know,” said Winters.
The City Council is set to meet on May 2nd.