Public interviews set for Champaign council vacancy

CHAMPAIGN — Four candidates for the District 3 city council seat are scheduled to make their cases in front of sitting council members as officials look to fill the office that Kyle Harrison plans to vacate at the end of this week.

Essentially, it's a very public job interview.

The candidates have already submitted their applications and will have up to five minutes each to make a statement to the council explaining why they should be the next District 3 representative. The public, televised statements are scheduled for when the council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

If they choose to, sitting council members may ask questions of the candidates after their statements.

All of the candidates' applications are available on the city's website at http://ci.champaign.il.us/city-council/.

The field has already narrowed from five to four after Dustin Heuerman withdrew his name from consideration for the appointment last week. He said he was worried he would not have time to campaign for re-election in 2013 after enrolling in a doctoral program in community college leadership. He currently works as a criminal-justice instructor at Lake Land College in Mattoon.

That leaves retired teacher Lynn Anderson, home-construction-company owner Barbara Kenny-Langendorf, former city council member Vic McIntosh and Merry-Ann's Diner owner Tony Pomonis vying for the seat.

Harrison's effective resignation date is June 15. He announced last month that he is planning to move to a new home outside District 3.

Sitting council members are scheduled to make their appointment at the beginning of their June 19 meeting. The appointee likely would be sworn in immediately.

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