There is no need to call for a special election because that seat is already going to be on the ballot,” said Nate Foster, assistant administrator of the Hamilton County Election Commission, in a Tuesday phone interview.
While county commissioners are not required to appoint an individual to the seat pending the election outcome, any interim representative would remain in office until at least the Nov. 8 general election.
There is not a set deadline by which a replacement would need to be appointed, Foster said.
Interim representatives are able to run to stay in the seat longer, but that would require them to return qualifying petitions by April 7 if they wish to be on the ballot for the Aug. 4 primary election.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no candidates other than Smith had picked up petitions.