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Council to make final decision on vacant seat

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa councillors will choose from a list of qualified candidates on June 28 to fill the empty seat left behind by the resignation of Bob Chapman.

The list includes 20 names, some familiar to council, including candidates already registered for the municipal election this fall, and a former councillor in Joe Kolodzie.

Kolodzie was an Oshawa and regional councillor for 25 years before he left politics in 2010.

The call for interested candidates to submit their names opened on May 25, and the city will continue to accept interested and qualified individuals until June 18. An application form is available on the city’s website, and a webpage has been set up to post the names and details of potential candidates so the public has a chance to review them.

In order to qualify for the position, the person must be at least 18-years-old, and own or rent property (or be the spouse of someone who does) within the City of Oshawa. Interested candidates are urged to include a one-page summary of why they are interested in the position along with their application.

The full list includes:

John Akelian, Justin Bruckmann, Andrew Chapados, Walter Hnatko, Jane Hurst, Elizabeth Jamischak, Lori Martin, Julia McCrea, Hendrik Meyer, Esrick Quintyn, M. Patrick Rudka, Franklin James Edward Rundle, Philip Smith, Jeffrey Snape, Robert Stevenson, Mary Tobin, Jeffrey Tonner, Patrick Williams, and Cerise Wilson.

The final decision will be made during a special meeting of council, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers.