15 apply for vacant Morrisville Town Council seat

aramos@newsobserver.comJanuary 19, 2014 

  • Who applied?

    The Morrisville Town Council is expected to appoint one of 15 applicants to fill a vacant seat through most of 2015. The applicants are:

    Richard Bethencourt; Z. Harlean Botha; Margaret Broadwell; Robert Crawford; Brian Donnelly; Jason Faber; Gerard Falzon; Kris Gardner; Vinnie Goel; Pete Martin; Michael Roberts; Barbara Simeon; Curtis Smith; Mike Snyder; and Nicolle Tulve.

— Fifteen people applied to fill the at-large seat on the Morrisville Town Council.

The council will appoint someone to fill the seat, which was left vacant by former Councilman Mark Stohlman. He was elected mayor in November.

Many of the applicants have run for elected office in Morrisville in the past, and some have served.

Former council members Pete Martin, Margaret Broadwell and Mike Snyder want the seat.

Applicants Gerald Falzon and Vinnie Goel have both run unsuccessfullyfor council seats.

Anyone interested in filling the spot had until Friday evening to file.

Stohlman said he wasn’t surprised by the large turnout. He anticipated at least a dozen applicants would want the seat.

In Cary, 59 people applied for a vacant council seat in 2012.

“I think that’s a good number,” Stohlman said of the 15 people who applied in Morrisville. “It gives us plenty to look at. There are a lot of people who have been involved before with the town that are stepping up.”

Some of the applicants haven’t hit the campaign trail before but are active in town committees and community groups.

Applicants Brian Donnelly and Nicolle Tulve are members of the town’s parks and recreation advisory board. Jason Faber is a member of the Morrisville Innovation Foundation. Barbara Simeon is a board member for the Shiloh Grove Homeowners Association. Z. Harlean Botha is a member of the town’s Community Emergency Response Team.

“I’m looking for someone who will be thoughtful in their decisions, someone who is willing to do the homework,” Stohlman said.

To be eligible for the seat, candidates must live within town limits, be a registered voter and submit a resume and statement of interest.

This is the third time in seven years the council must fill a vacant seat. But filling the spot won’t be among the topics discussed at the council’s annual planning retreat in Wilmington this weekend.

The council is expected to decide its next steps at the Jan. 28 meeting. Any candidate interviews performed will be accessible to the public.

The appointee chosen by the Town Council will be paid $9,400 a year, along with travel and training benefits, electronic equipment if needed and the option for medical and dental benefits.

The new member will serve until at least December 2015. There will be a municipal election in November 2015 to determine who will win the seat for a full term.

Ramos: 919-460-2609; Twitter: @AlianaCaryNews

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