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Open Mercer Island City Council seat brings 17 applicants

The spirit of public service is alive and well on Mercer Island.

Seventeen candidates have applied for the city council position left vacant by Steve Litzow, who was elected to the State Legislature and resigned his council seat as of Dec. 31. The applicants are as follows: Robert Bersos, Mary A. Yakmoto, Carrie Wernick Newman, David Laub, Tana Senn, Deborah L. Bertlin, Aric Weiker, Steven C. Marshall, Jane Meyer Brahm, Patricia M. “Patti” Darling, Aaron Kornblum, Rachel Reynolds, Adam Cooper, David Wells, Jon Friedman, Craig A. Pedersen, Clark Powell

Councilmembers will review the candidate application materials over the next few days.

At a special meeting set for Thursday, January 13, the Council will interview candidates beginning at 6 p.m. The Council vote and swearing in of the new Council member at its regular meeting on Monday, January 18.

The term of this position begins once a candidate is appointed by a majority vote of the City Council, and will expire after the results of the general election to be held November 8, 2011 have been certified.

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