Bedford population increase forces entire town council to seek re-election

POSTED: 03:17 PM EDT Sep 25, 2013    UPDATED: 05:53 PM EDT Sep 25, 2013 
Bedford Council 9-25-13
BEDFORD, Va. -

Bedford residents have a chance to elect an entirely new town council next year.

Every member will be up for reelection in 2014. That wouldn't happen under normal circumstances, but it's being forced by the state as a result of the town's reversion.

When the city became a town in July, it added more than 300 new residents.  Because the population increased more than five percent, a full council election must be held.

"There was going to be a town council election in November of 2014 for three seats anyway, " said town manager, Charles Kolakowski.  "Instead of three seats, it will now be for all seven seats."

The town of Bedford currently has more than 6,500 residents, represented by the seven members of council.