Sharon Komanecky is the newest member of the Blackshear City Council after qualifying unopposed for the District Five seat following a recall election December 1 that unseated Shawn Godwin. Komanecky spearheaded a petition effort earlier this year that led to the recall election.
Komanecky was sworn in Monday evening at city hall.
Komanecky told The Times she was surprised to be the sole qualifier for the open seat, and didn’t initially have plans to run for council when she organized the petition effort to unseat Godwin.
“Honestly, I was prepared to campaign for a January 12 election! I am very excited for this opportunity to join the council and serve the City of Blackshear,” Komanecky says. “My desire from the beginning was to do what I thought was best for the City of Blackshear and District 5. In each step of the recall process, there were many residents who encouraged me to consider qualifying if the recall was successful.”
Since Komanecky qualified unopposed, there is no need for a special election to be held. Pierce County Board of Elections issued a cancellation notice Friday.
According to Elections Superintendent Leah Ritch, the recall election cost city taxpayers $4,871.89. The bulk of the expenses was in technical fees and labor, Ritch says.