It's a Short List to Fill Vacant City Council Seat

It's a Short List to Fill Vacant City Council Seat

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What began as a list of 19 names has been reduced to two or three. Watertown leaders are close to filling a vacancy on Watertown City Council.

“You had a number of qualified candidates,” says Watertown Mayor Joe Butler. “So it was very difficult to get to this point and everyone really labored over the decision, it wasn't a clear cut. I think you could have gone with any three or four. "

Council members have been vetting candidates ever since former city lawmaker Mark Walczyk won his bid to represent the state's 116th Assembly District. Butler says the candidates being considered are qualified and have good credentials.

Mayor Butler says he plans to call all those who applied for the council seat before announcing who won. The decision could come as early as Friday or as late as Monday, when there will be a vote on the candidate chosen.

That candidate will hold the council seat through 2019, completing Assemblyman Walczyk's term. The seat is up for election in November.

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