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More on the council appointment

UPDATE (8 p.m.): Council members talked about how to find a new Ward 1 councilman at their work session tonight. The upshot: The council will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 to pare down the applicants, based on their applications, to three. Those three will have to participate in a public interview, which will be conducted like a candidate forum, on Sept. 11. The council will then hold a special meeting Sept. 16 to vote on their selection.  

Expect updates here tonight, as the council will be considering this procedure at its 7:30 p.m. meeting, but here is the current list of people who have indicated interest, either to the mayor or the city clerk, in Marvin Dixon’s council seat:

Steve Braun: Braun ran against Dixon for the Ward I seat in 2006. Read the profile we wrote about him then and access an interview we conducted with him here.

David Cunningham: Cunningham is a life-long Fredericksburg resident and pastor at First Baptist Church in Colonial Beach for the past 15 years.

Bryan Metts: Metts keeps a blog here and has an applied in the past to join the city Planning Commission. 

John E. Moss: Moss ran against Dixon for the Ward I seat in 2006. Read the profile we wrote about him then and access an interview we conducted with him here.

Kyle Snyder: Snyder and his wife own the Kybecca wine shop on William Street. You can read about that business’s latest downtown project, which received incentives from the city and the Economic Development Authority, here.

Anyone interested in this seat should call Clerk Mary Smith at 540/372-1010. When you call, she will verify that you live in Ward I, and you will be asked to submit a resume and answers to a list of questions from the council. The deadline for getting all of these materials in is Aug. 22.

If you want to advocate for a particular candidate, sign up to speak at the public comment period before the Sept. 9 City Council meeting. (Do that by calling Smith at the number above.)

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