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UPDATE: Apel To Resign From School Board and RTC Picks His Replacement

Apel to be sworn in tonight and the council could officially fill the vacancy on Tuesday.

George Apel has found himself in a unique position.

He was elected mayor on Tuesday, which requires him to resign from the Board of Education. He will now preside over the meeting at which his replacement will likely be approved.

Apel, a Republican, won the key to the mayor's office by receiving 1,791 votes on Tuesday, beating Democrat Pauline Schaefer by 251 votes. Petitioning candidates Gordon Paterson and James Krupienski had 855 and 503 votes, respectively.

Apel was elected to the school board in 2009 and is in the middle of a term that expires in 2013.

Apel has to resign from his school board post by Monday because the new Town Council is slated to meet for the first time on Tuesday. He is scheduled to be sworn in tonight at 6:30 at Town Hall.

The Republican Town Committee on Wednesday endorsed William "Wil" Nicholson to fill the vacancy left by Apel ascending to the mayor's seat and Nicholson could be approved by the council on Tuesday with Apel as chairman.

A letter has been forwarded to town officials for inclusion on Tuesday's Town Council agenda, Republican Town Committee Chairman Hal Cummings.  

Nicholson ran for a two-year seat on the Board of Education but was not elected.

The council is scheduled to meet at 7 on Tuesday night.

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