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19 people to seek Concord appointment

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 at 5:33 pm in Contra Costa politics.

Nineteen people will compete for an appointment to a vacancy on the Concord City Council including Vikki Chavez, the widow of Councilman Michael Chavez.

Michael Chavez died unexpected on Aug. 4 of a heart attack, leaving an opening on the council after serving just seven months of his first term in office.

The applicant list also includes three City Council candidates who came up short in the 2006 election — Chuck Carpenter, Ron Leone and Harmon West.

Concord Planning Commissioner Guy Bjerke has put his name up for consideration along with a Ursula Luna-Reynosa, a member of the city’s advisory committee for the Concord Naval Weapons Station planning process.

The others who have put in their names are apparently political unknowns who have little or no experience in Concord politics:
Edi Birsan
Keith Brown
Robert Bruce
David Current
Robert Hoag
David Kahler
Robert Kosloff
Roy Larkin
Michael Pelosi
William Seaver
Chris Tang
Susan Walls
La Shawn Wells

The big question is which of these candidates can get three votes from the four sitting councilmembers?

And perhaps the bigger question is, how many rounds of votes is going to take to narrow the field to to one?

With 19 people to interview, this is going to take a while.

The interviews are set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1950 Parkside Drive in Concord. Come early for a seat. It looks like the place is going to be really crowded.

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