Candidates sought for Newark council place 4

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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With 80 resident signatures in tow, Newark resident Darla Loggains-Wood once again tried to make her case to serve on the Newark City Council, presenting her petition to fill council seat 4.

And while her latest attempt was not successful, the Newark City Council officially opened up the council seat Tuesday at the city council meeting, seeking candidates to submit applications ahead of the November city council meeting.

The spot has been vacant since former Mayor Gary Van Wagner resigned in June. Mayor pro tem Eric Fleischer said council intended to leave it vacant until the May elections. That changed Tuesday.

“We decided to open up the position,” Fleischer said. “We announced that we were opening up that position for council place 4 and are accepting applications. The plan is at the next meeting to interview anyone that applies and then place someone in that seat in the following meeting.”

Loggains-Wood submitted her application for council shortly after Van Wagner’s resignation. She said she was told her application was recently “found” by a Newark secretary following the resignation of former city administrator Diane Rasor. Loggains-Wood said filing the petition was an attempt to make sure she and Newark residents on the south side were heard.

“Everybody kept pressuring me to do a petition, so I got 80 signatures from registered voters in the city,” Loggains-Wood said. “I get up there, I told them I’m qualified for the position and it’s time for them to have a female perspective on the council.

“The people have spoken,” she added. “You should let the city over here have a win, because I think when 80 voters, which is more votes than any of [the current council members] got during last year’s election, I had double that.”

Fleischer said the petition will not affect the council’s decision.

“Petitions have nothing to do with the council place,” Fleischer said. “We’ve never used petitions for putting someone into council. It’s great that she did that, but it has nothing to do with who gets put into council.”

Information on applications for the council seat can be found on the Newark website or by calling the city secretary, 817-489-2201.

Candidates will be interviewed at the city council meeting Nov. 20. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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