By a 5-1 vote (Councilmember Fagan voting against) Karen Stratton was appointed to the vacant 3rd District City Council seat last night. With only 15 months of the Council term remaining we needed someone who could get up to speed on City issues immediately and has deep community ties. Karen comes from a political family. Both her mother and father were successful elected officials, so she grew up learning the importance of representing citizens. She has worked for the City for over 10 years having been appointed by a Republican Mayor and also served under a Democratic one. People hoping for a Councilmember beholden to a specific ideology will be disappointed, as they likely were with the entire slate of five finalists — who were all excellent. Karen is the first Councilmember from the 3rd District to live south of Northwest Boulevard. I believe she will work hard to represent the best interests of her district and the City as a whole. You can read her resume here and read her Spokesman Review interview here. Thanks again to everyone who applied to this important position.
Also last night the Council approved funding priorities for Community Development Block Grant, Human Services Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant programs, and an ordinance that put an end to 11 years of litigation over an adult retail business which will guarantee the closure of a non-conforming adult retail business. Both passed unanimously.