Stalemate: 2 lame ducks, 2 mayor
hopefuls can’t agree on council vacancy
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ith a two-month warning that they would face a
Council are still grappling with what to do more than
a month after the seat opened — and jockeying for position in
next spring’s municipal elections now appears to be coming
The result is a stalemate, with three votes required to appoint
a replacement and no consensus among the four at the
to become the city’s next mayor — announced he would be
resigning to take a high-level position at a hospital in Phoenix.
Two months later, in early September, he formally resigned.
As Essentials went to press a month after that, here’s how
•Mayor Susan Sample, term-limited from running again in the
talking to potential appointees.
•Councilmember Mardi Turner, also term-limited, supports
appointing someone committed to running for election in May.
run for mayor,
undecided about an appointee but is open to hearing his
whether a potential appointee should be a placeholder who
won’t run or a future candidate.
…which makes the prospect of anyone getting the required
super-majority of three votes looking unlikely. Stay tuned.
Councilmembers Kellye Burke and
Bob Higley reportedly are letting
their mayoral aspirations influence a
decision over filling a current council