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Council to fill vacancy this week

SNOHOMISH — Seven residents with deep ties to the community
have been selected by the City Council for interviews Jan. 31 to fill the vacant council seat once held by Zach Wilde.
The council vacancy attracted 19 applicants.
The seven finalists interviewed after press time were: former Snohomish Rotary Club president Lisa Caldwell, Realtor and Snohomish Affordable Housing Group board member Steve Dana, marijuana retail store manager Christian Funk, Snohomish County Planning & Development services employee Elizabeth Larsen, city Open Government Committee member Tom Merrill, former city of Everett spokeswoman Dale Preboski, and city economic development committee chair Jason Sanders.
Many of the names might be familiar, including those who didn’t make the cut. The six City Council members made the selections.
Among the applicants who weren’t selected were former city councilman Larry Countryman; two residents with ties to the group that created Proposition 2, CPR-Snohomish — John Kartak and April Brodel; as well as Morgantown neighborhood crime watch captain Bob McGowan, retired schoolteacher William Parry and local business owners.
Among the finalists, Dana is a former councilman whose family ran The Hub restaurant; Caldwell has lived here for over 30 years, with family ties to Snohomish dating back to 1896; Funk, Preboski and Sanders each have 25 years of city residency, while Larsen and Merrill have each lived here for four years.
The vacancy came up after Wilde unexpectedly resigned from his council seat following public scrutiny and questioning his place of residence in December. Wilde, who sat on the City Council from last January to December, won election over incumbent Paul Kaftanski in 2015.
Preboski is Kaftanski’s wife.
The selected applicant would serve until the November election, where they can choose to run to be elected for the two remaining years of Wilde’s term. The City Council was anticipated to make its selection after press time this week.
The new councilmember would be sworn into office at the Feb. 7 Council meeting.


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