GJ Council Deadlocks Trying to Fill District E Seat
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction City Council failed to make a decision regarding who will fill former councilmember Harry Butler's seat on the council.
The six council members deadlocked between two candidates after hours of deliberation.
Duncan McArthur, Teresa Black, Martha Scott, Les Miller and Kenneth Harris were being considered for the seat at Wednesday night's candidate forum.
Bennett Boechenstein, Jim Doody and Rick Brainard supported candidate Miller, saying his experience on the Downtown Development Authority and past leadership made him a good candidate.
Phyllis Norris, Sam Susuras and Marty Chazen supported candidate McArthur for his large background in city council business.
Now the entire process for finding a new council member will start all over again.
"It's now back in the City Clerk's hands. She will now have to post the job opening for the City Council Member for District E and go through all the processes again for accepting applications and set a new hearing," said Mayor Susuras.
The candidates from Wednesday night's hearing can re-apply for the position and city staff will also be accepting new applicants.
State statute says that the vacant seat must be filled within 60 days which falls around early August.
If the seat can not be filled by that date then an election will be held to chose the winning candidate.