Friday, August 20, 2010

Mayor to appoint new council member

3 council seats and mayor’s position open in November

Express Staff Writer

Sara Burns

There could be some big changes in Bellevue government this fall following the Nov. 2 municipal election. Three council seats and the mayor's position will be open.

Council members Shaun Mahoney and Tammy Schofield will have to run to keep their seats. A third seat was left open when City Council Chair Chris Koch took over earlier this year from Jon Anderson as mayor after Anderson resigned.

Two citizens have expressed interest in filling the vacant seat left by Koch: Sara Burns and former Councilman Larry Plott.

Now that Koch is mayor, it's his job to make a council seat recommendation. The council can then accept or reject his recommendation.

Burns, a computer software specialist, asked Tuesday to be appointed to the council.


"I care a lot about the city of Bellevue," Burns said. "What I lack in municipal experience, I hope to make up for in energy and enthusiasm."

Resident Kathryn Goldman also expressed interest in recent weeks, but withdrew her request last week.

Whoever is appointed to the council will have to run in the November election and win to keep the seat.

The period to file for candidacy for elected positions in Bellevue is from Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. Declarations for candidacy can be found at Bellevue City Hall.

For more information, call City Clerk Dee Barton at 788-5351.

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