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Second Claremont Councilor Steps Down Before End of Term

Claremont — The nine-member City Council will be looking to replace two councilors now after at-large councilor Thomas Burnham announced his resignation Thursday.

Burnham’s departure came just weeks after Assistant Mayor Andy Austin resigned because he no longer lives in Claremont.

Ward 1 Councilor Vic Bergeron was unanimously elected to replace Austin by the council at Wednesday night’s meeting. Burnham attended the start of Wednesday’s council meeting but was excused by Mayor James Neilsen shortly after the meeting began.

In a one sentence letter to the Mayor Neilsen Thursday, Burnham said he was resigning immediately due to personal reasons.

In an email last evening, Neilsen said he had no comment on Burnham’s resignation. He said the city would accept letters of interests for either position until July 31 and then hold a special meeting on Aug. 20.

Both seats, along with the rest of the council will be up for election in November. Ward I residents can apply for Bergeron’s seat while Burnham’s seat is open to everyone.