City Council voted for a familiar face to join them for the next couple of
months. Though it took three confusing secret ballots, Charlie Davidson, a
15-year veteran of the council, was finally elected. He had been off the
council for almost two years, after declining to seek re-election in 2007. The
other two candidates for the seat were Rhonda Maker and John Whiddon. All three
had been interviewed by the council on Tuesday.
election, Davidson was sworn in, and later thanked his colleagues:
-- (Davidson 1 38 sec "I'm
humbled and ... thank you. Okay.")
Gabriel (Gabe-real) Saravia (s'RAW-vee-ah) thanked all the applicants who
sought appointment to the city council:
-- (Davidson 2 32 sec "I
want to thank John and ... and working the best we can.")
Tom Walters, who joined the council at the same time Davidson originally did,
17 years ago, welcomed his old colleague back:
-- (Davidson 3 33 sec "I
also want to ... city a great place to live.")
said, Councilman Paul Smith was elected to the position of vice-mayor. After
three ballots, Mayor Carolyn Floyd was forced to cast a tie-breaking vote,
giving Smith the victory.
will serve until the regular meeting on October 22nd, when the seat
will be filled by the winner of the October 6th Municipal Election.
Davidson was non-committal about running for the seat, which will be for a one-year
be a pair of seats available for three-year terms, and the office of mayor will
also be available for a two-year term. The council seats are currently held by
Saravia (s'RAW-vee-ah) and Councilwoman Josie Rosales, both of whom said they would seek re-election. Mayor Floyd
said she is leaning toward seeking another term. Nominating packets will be
available starting August 4th, and the deadline for returning them
is September 4th.