Third candidate announces for Champaign council seat

Third candidate announces for Champaign council seat

CHAMPAIGN — A third candidate for the city council's soon-to-be-vacant District 3 seat emerged on Thursday. Retired Tolono school teacher Lynn Anderson filed her application on Thursday afternoon.

She joins former council member Vic McIntosh, who filed Thursday morning, and Merry-Ann's Diner owner Tony Pomonis, who has yet to file but announced his intentions to the city council, among those who have publicly announced their candidacy for the appointment.

Anderson — who worked in Tolono but lives in Champaign's District 3 — said she has always been involved in the community behind the scenes. She said she has always been "one of those really busy single moms raising kids," but now she's retired.

"I feel now that I have that time, and I have the expertise," Anderson said.

She said she hopes to bring a common-sense approach to the council and be a voice for residents who do not always feel their concerns are heard.

"I think the city council does an outstanding job, and I feel I can be a team player in that," Anderson said. "But I feel that I can voice concerns for them."

Like Pomonis, she also commented on the diversity of District 3, which includes neighborhoods like Boulder Ridge and Garden Hills as well as part of the North Prospect Avenue commercial district and a developing industrial park east of North Mattis Avenue.

"Probably the No. 1 thing that I'm going to be able to bring is that I have been a professional in the city for 25 years, and yet I was a single mother, so I have a real understanding to the vulnerability of prices going up," Anderson said.

She has never held public office, but she has worked in government, she said.

"I think that helps me in a way because I've worked so hard in a lot of areas of government but not getting the recognition for it," Anderson said. "You kind of see how things work."

Anderson, McIntosh and Pomonis are the first known candidates for the District 3 appointment. The city will continue to accept applications for the seat until noon on June 1. Qualified applicants need to currently live in District 3 and have been a resident of the city for at least one year.

Council members will publicly interview all the candidates in the first half of June. They are scheduled to vote on the appointment on June 19.

Kyle Harrison, the current District 3 representative, is set to resign on June 15. He is moving into a new home outside of his district.

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