Council race begins in June August

05/26/2009 6:10 AM by

The deadline to file petitions to get on the ballot for the City Council 7th District contest this November is Tuesday, June 9 August 21, 2009. Cynthia Newbille has made clear her intent to run for the position. Has anyone put their name forward? What does the 7th District need in a representative?

The election in the fall will be to choose the individual to serve out the last 3 years of the term originally given to Delores McQuinn. McQuinn very quickly made the choice to run for State Delegate seat vacated by the newly elected Mayor Dwight Jones. After some controversy, Betty Squire was appointed to temporarily fill McQuinn’s seat until the election. While Ms.Squire has done a solid job holding down the position, this is not the same as having had elected representation.

Of note, as this is a special election to fill a sit that is not currently held by an elected representative, the winner of the election will not have to wait until January and will instead take the office in November.

Given the current controversies and the new and historic challenges faced by the communities of the 7th District, what qualities would make for a good City Council representative for the area? Has anyone stepped forward to make this a contested election?

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