Traylor Smith Wins Vacant City Council Seat
KREX News Room
Nearly a month and a half after Rick Brainard resigned from his seat on the Grand Junction City Council, Councilmembers selected Barbara Traylor Smith to fill the vacancy.
Traylor-Smith officially won the vote 6-0, but there was a lot of disagreement prior to coming to that conclusion.
Initially, Traylor Smith received two votes, Riecke Claussen received two votes, and Tom Kenyon and Teresa Black received one vote a piece.
Reginald Wall and Charles Michael Elliot participated in the forum, but did not receive any votes.
Prior to the vote, Mayor Susuras and the Councilmembers asked a number of questions regarding issues surrounding the city to the six candidates.
Throughout the night, Traylor Smith shared her biggest concerns, which include the city's economic struggles and a need for an increase in high-paying jobs.
Traylor Smith was sworn into office during the meeting, and will serve on the City Council until the next regular election in April 2015.