EUGENE, Ore. -- The Lane Community College Board of Education has officially vacated Philip Carrasco's seat.
The decision comes two days after the former board member was sentenced for third-degree sexual abuse. He had submitted his resignation from the board on April 11.
Vacating the seat allows the board to appoint someone to finish out Carrasco's term, which ends on June 30, but LCC officials aren't sure if the board will make an appointment. Board members did not discuss their decision.
As for the May 21 election, KEZI 9 News was told by people at the board meeting that Carrasco's resignation means he technically isn't eligible for re-election, even though he is the only person on the ballot for the zone five seat. However, someone else can run as a write-in candidate.
To be eligible for the zone five seat, the LCC website states you must live in Eugene and, in general, the area south of the Willamette River and east of City View Street. You also cannot be employed by LCC while you are a board member.
If there aren't any successful write-in campaigns, the board would likely have to appoint someone to the open seat.
KEZI has reached out to LCC for clarification on this issue, but we have not heard back.