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Janie Edelman chosen to fill council seat | BLACK DIAMOND

The Black Diamond City Council filled an open seat Thursday, selecting Janie Edelman from a pool of three applicants.

The seat opened when Joe May resigned his Position No. 3 seat Feb. 5. May was elected in 2011.

Edelman’s term will run to the Nov. 5 general election.

The council voted unanimously to select Edelman after interviewing the trio of candidates. The other applicants were Patrick Nelson and Bill Roth.

“I will do the best job I can to support the town, council and mayor,” Edelman said after she was selected. “You may think I am coming in with an agenda but I am not.”

Edelman added her “door is open.”

Councilman Craig Goodwin said his criteria for selecting a council member was performance during the interview and if the person can “hit the ground running” regarding the issues before the city.

Edelman is the second person to be appointed to the council in past 14 months. Bill Saas resigned in January 2012 and Carol Benson was appointed.

Three council seats are up for election in November, as well as the mayor’s position. The council seats on the ballot will be Position No. 2 currently held by Goodwin, Edelman’s Position No. 3 seat and Benson’s Position No. 4 post.

Rebecca Olness is serving her first term as mayor.

 

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