More Kenai residents have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Kenai City Council than filed to run for two contested seats in the regular election held a month ago.
During last month's general election, only three people incumbent Joe Moore, Cliff Massie and Mike Boyle filed for two available council seats. Moore and Massie won the two seats, but a third seat became available when council member Pat Porter was elected to succeed outgoing Mayor John Williams.
Now, six members of the public have applied to fill Porter's vacated seat. Kenai City Clerk Carol Freas said Tuesday that those six are Boyle, Barry Eldridge, Neil DuPerron, Jim Jenckes, Tim Navarre and James Butler.
It's up to the council to decide which of those six will serve until the next regular election in 2005. Freas said the council has scheduled a special work session for 5 p.m. today to interview the candidates for the position.
The work session will run until 7 p.m., when the regular council meeting is scheduled to begin. During the regular meeting, the council will make its final decision on which applicant will join them on the council, after which time the new member will be sworn in.
The work session and the regular council meeting are open to the public.
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