Fifth Champaign council candidate announces

Fifth Champaign council candidate announces

CHAMPAIGN — With less than two days remaining before the application for deadlines, the list of candidates for a city council vacancy grew to five on Wednesday.

Barbara Kenny-Langendorf is the most recent to submit her name. She's been living in Champaign for 30 years, she said, and has owned her own home-construction company for 17 of them.

She said her background gives her the same kind of experience brought to the council by incumbent Kyle Harrison, a Realtor and the council member whom Kenny hopes to succeed. Harrison announced earlier this month that he plans to resign on June 15 before moving to a new home outside his district.

Kenny said, if appointed, she does not yet know whether she would run for the seat when the appointed term expires in May 2013. She has never been elected or appointed to government office, she said, and wants to get her feet wet before she makes a decision.

"I thought this would be a really good testing ground," Kenny said.

She said her 30 years of experience living in the community has familiarized her with what is best for the community and what residents want.

She's interested in the seat for "not any particular issues," Kenny said. "I'm just very interested in the community and I want to be involved in it."

Kenny, retired teacher Lynn Anderson, criminal justice instructor Dustin Heuerman, former council member Vic McIntosh and Merry-Ann's Diner owner Tony Pomonis are vying for the seat. The city is accepting applications until noon on Friday.

Current council members will publicly interview the candidates during the first half of June. They plan to make their appointment on June 19.

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