Columbus City Council Seeking Nominations for Three Month Term
If you’d like to serve on Columbus City Council for a very short timespan, then your wish has come true. Council President Andrew Ginther announced yesterday afternoon that applications will be accepted through next Friday, September 11th to fill the open seat that will be vacated with the resignation of Michelle Mills, whose final day in office is today.
Columbus City Council is expected to select a new appointee and vote them into office on Monday, September 21st. The new Councilmember would begin the following Monday, September 28th and would serve through January 1st — a total of 96 days in office.
Over the past 18 years, sitting Councilmembers have made a tradition of appointing someone to fill a vacant seat with the intention to have that person campaign for the seat in the following election, allowing them to run as a semi-incumbent. That tradition will be broken this election season as City Council candidate Liz Brown, who has taken Mills’ place on the November ballot, has announced that she will not be seeking the vacancy appointment.
“At the time I got into the race, there were only 85 days left until election day,” Brown stated during an interview with Columbus Underground. “Trying to pick one of the candidates on the ballot to put on council doesn’t make sense to me — I don’t even think that the council is interested in doing that. So I don’t want to seek the appointment.”
Brown said that instead she plans to focus all of her efforts on campaigning and convincing voters to elect her at the ballot box on November 3rd.
“If they want me to serve, I’ll start in January,” she said.
For anyone else interested in seeking the short term appointment, instructions and timelines on the application process can be found online at columbus.gov (PDF).