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Bedford population increase forces entire town council to seek re-election

By Tim Saunders, tsaunders@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 25 2013 03:17:56 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 25 2013 05:53:05 PM EDT

Every member will be up for re-election in 2014, but it is being forced to by the state as part of the reversion.

BEDFORD, Va. -

Bedford residents have a chance to elect an entirely new town council next year.

Every member will be up for reelection in 2014. That wouldn't happen under normal circumstances, but it's being forced by the state as a result of the town's reversion.

When the city became a town in July, it added more than 300 new residents.  Because the population increased more than five percent, a full council election must be held.

"There was going to be a town council election in November of 2014 for three seats anyway, " said town manager, Charles Kolakowski.  "Instead of three seats, it will now be for all seven seats."

The town of Bedford currently has more than 6,500 residents, represented by the seven members of council.