VERO BEACH – The application period is officially closed and the number of candidates vying for an open seat on the Vero Beach City Council sits at six.Those candidates include municipal election candidate Ken Daige, who finished in third in the Nov. 3 race, Vero Beach advisory board and committee members, and business owners.
It remains an open question if the six candidates have a shot at the seat after councilman Charlie Wilson announced he would seek a stay of the ruling by Circuit Court judge Paul Kanarek that removed him from office earlier this month.
Wilson said he intends to appeal the ruling and if he receives the stay he would remain on the council until the appeal is decided.Upon Wilson’s removal on Dec. 7, the City Council instituted a process to fill the opening by allowing interested parties to submit an application with the City Clerk. The candidates will be interviewed by the council members individually in early January, with the top three to be questioned in public Jan. 12, after which the council would make its selection.
Vero Beach residents who have filed to be considered for a seat on the council dais include Recreation Advisory Board member Tracy Carroll, Finance Commission member Roger Rudd, Planning Commission member Richard Kennedy, and real estate agents Al Benkert and William Mills.