Hillsboro City Commission

A signed petition has been filed with the city of Hillsboro requesting that a special election be held to fill the unexpired term of former Hillsboro City Commissioner Shawn Skager, who recently moved to Bismarck.

Kate Ehnert, owner of The Hillsboro Cafe, turned in the signed petition to the Hillsboro city auditor’s office Friday, July 23.

Hillsboro city attorney John Juelson said Tuesday that he believes the petition “has more than enough signatures” and appears valid, meaning a special election will be legally required to fill Skager’s seat.

Skager won a four-year term on the city commission in the June 9, 2020 election, leaving nearly three years on his remaining term when he resigned.

Juelson said he expects the Hillsboro City Commission to discuss setting a date for the required special election at Monday night’s commission meeting.

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