38 Candidates So Far In the Running
Now that former Councilmember Kevin Faulconer has been sworn in as mayor, the deck is clear for the appointment process to his seat to begin in earnest.
Chet Barfield, one of the current staffers for the vacant office, appeared at the recent OB Planning Board meeting on March 5th and announced that there are presently 38 applicants for the appointment. Chet also said the City Clerk will soon post the names to their website.
Applicants – or “candidates” – must have their 50 signatures and qualifying statement to the Clerk’s office by March 17. Then on April 14 and 15 the full City Council will pour over the applications with the plan being to narrow down the field to about 6 “finalists”. Once they decide the applicant to take the seat, that person can walk up and literally sit down and begin as a member. Their term is up on December 8th.
OB Rag Poll
In an informal poll that the OB Rag ran for over a week asking who you’d like to see as the interim-Councilmember, Gretchen Newsom came out on top with 36%. (At the time, there were only 4 names being mentioned as possible applicants, and Jane Gawronski was not one of them).