As of Friday, persons interested in filling the Super District, Position 2 seat (if not the shoes) of influential Councilman Shea Flinn, who has resigned, are able to pick up papers at the Council office. Applications are due by Thursday, May 14th, and the remaining 12 Council members will choose an interim replacement on Tuesday, May 19th.
It will take a majority of seven votes to name the fill-in Councilman, and that could result in several ballots.
Indications are that all or nearly all of the individuals who had previously drawn petitions to run for the seat in the October 8th election will attempt to gain the interim nod as well. It’s one of those nothing-to-lose situations.
But, given the fact that sitting Council members may not wish to offend a possible future colleague by making the wrong choice on May 19th, they may see as a more appealing option the idea of choosing someone who does not intend to run for the seat in the regular city election.
Some of those who have already indicated they are candidates for the interim position only are lawyer Alan Crone and activists Frank Triplett and Diane Cambron. That list is sure to grow between now and May 14th.