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28 Candidates Seek Open Council Seat in Carlsbad

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Aired 4/19/09

At a time when political candidates sometimes run unopposed, the city of Carlsbad has received a huge response for an open council seat. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce says the city decided not to hold a special election.

By last Friday, four people had applied to fill a vacant Carlsbad City Council seat. The position opened when Norine Sigafoose resigned because of health reasons. But when the filing period closed Monday, more than 28 city residents had applied for the position. Denise Vetter is with the City of Carlsbad.

Vetter : So really until five o'clock we weren't sure how many people were going to apply, so they did have the weekend to work on it, and prepare, and make that decision about whether or not this was something that they wanted to do.

Vetter says the mayor and city council are expected to appoint the new council member next week.

Vetter : Well I think it will be a tough decision because there are so many people that are qualified so I think the council certainly has its work cut out for itself.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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