I would like to clear up some speculation about the possibility of a council appointment to replace my council seat if I am honored to have the citizens elect me as the next Mayor of East Ridge.
First and foremost, the appointment process is governed by the City Charter and was approved by the citizens of East Ridge by referendum. The charter charges the council to nominate and appoint by majority vote a council member for the remaining two years. If the council cannot pass by majority an appointment the appointment is then charged to be appointed by the elected Mayor.
If elected as the next mayor, I would hope the appointment of a vacant council position would not resort to the mayor appointment. However, if this scenario did happen I can assure you I would not fill the vacancy with any previous mayor or individual that had previously been appointed to the council! I will say that a hard, honest and thoughtful decision would be made in that appointment. I would consider the individuals nominated by council members that failed to pass by majority vote as well as the body of candidates within the current council race.
I respectfully ask for your support and vote for Mayor of East Ridge.
_ Councilman Brian Williams