Berea residents will have a chance Tuesday to elect a new city council member after the December death of former council member Howard Baker.

Baker passed away Dec. 31, the day before his new term would have begun.

Former council member Glenn Jennings was appointed in January by the Berea City Council to be the interim member filling the remainder of Baker’s term.

Candidates for the open Berea City Council seat include: Mary K. Kauffman, 87, 201 Glades Street; Chester E. Powell, 63, 200 Glades Street; Jeff Reed, 56, 345 Blue Lick Road; Ronnie Terrill, 64, 2006 Big Hill Road; and Guy M. Townsend, 68, 316 Forest Street.

Powell and Terrill are former council members.

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly pointed out at Tuesday’s council meeting that Jennings’ service on the Berea City Council had a unique twist.

“You are the only council member who has been elected twice by the council (to fill unexpired terms) because of deaths of previous council members,” Connelly said.

Jennings was appointed several years ago to fill the term of former council member George Bryant who died while serving in office.

However, Jennings has been elected by voters 16 times to serve on Berea’s city council.

There are six Berea voting precincts comprised of residents who live only in city limits. Those precincts include: North Berea, South Berea, East Berea, West Berea, Gay-Stephens and Silver Creek.

Berea precincts including city and county residents include Big Hill, Bobtown-Redlick, Walker Branch, Kingston, Menelaus-Todd and Blue Lick.

The number of registered voters in Berea is something that is not easily obtained, according to Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger.

“As far as giving a total number of voters, there’s no way to get that without someone in Frankfort getting it out of the database and they charge for that,” Barger said.

A new database is being created that will allow easier access than the current “... 30-year-old product,” he said.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at rshannon@richmondregister.com or 624-6608.

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