Narrowing Down Who Gets Council Seat, No Word Yet From City HallPosted: Updated:
Update: Sarah Compo has been selected to the open Watertown City Council seat. Below is our story from Friday night. Click to see updated story.
Letters are being sent out informing candidates they will not be serving on Watertown City Council. Those letters were delivered Friday.
One of the letters was delivered was to Cliff Olney, who has run for Watertown City Council before. Olney threw his name in the ring to fill the open seat on Watertown City Council.
"I wasn't surprised and I'm not disappointed," Olney said.
7 News has confirmed others have received similar letters including Aaron Clemons, Bruce Irwin, Calvin Stanley, Michelle Appleby, Jesse Roshia, Danny Francis, Patrick Hickey, and Deborah Cavallario.
At one point nearly 20 people had expressed interest in the council seat left vacant by Mark Walczyk. Walczyk vacated the seat after he was elected and sworn in as State Assemblyman of the 116th District.
7 News is still waiting to hear from other candidates interested in the position One of the notable names on that list is Sarah Compo. Compo has been considered a favored candidate in this process. She works as Chief of Staff for State Senator Patty Ritchie.
Whoever is picked for the council will have to run for office November if they want to stay on council after the term is finished.
As for Olney, he says he plans on running for city council this November.
"I am running for city government and I plan on doing a lot more research and I've already begun to do the op research that I need in order to run against and for the issues that I think are important," Olney said.
And at least four other candidates we spoke with say they plan to run as well - Aaron Clemons, Calvin Stanley, Jesse Roshia, and Patrick Hickey.
No word yet from City Hall yet on an official announcement.