From 41 to 6, Council Pares Down List of City Council Candidates
Council will interview the finalists at its Dec. 17 meeting.
Troy City Council pared a list of 41 applicants for the vacant Troy City Council seat down to six final candidates Monday evening at its regular meeting.
"I never imagined we'd have 41," Mayor Dane Slater said. "I want to personally thank everyone who put their name in."
In the first of two rounds of voting, Council members each named their top five choices. From that list, council members then each voted for their top four candidates.
Though Council had agreed at the beginning of the study session to name five final candidates Monday evening, six were chosen due to a five-way tie. Edward Pennington received six votes while Richard Beaubien, Daniel Fair, Kessie Kaltsounis, Carmen Johnson and Bert Copple each received three votes.
Council will interview all six candidates and appoint one of them to council at its Dec. 17 regular meeting.
A seat on council opened up on Nov. 26 when Slater resigned his seat in order to serve as mayor until November 2013. Slater replaces former Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, who was recalled on Nov. 6.
The city is currently facing a lawsuit from Citizens United Against Corrupt Government as well as the Michigan Secretary of State over Troy's refusal to call a special election on Feb. 26, 2013 to elect a new mayor.