UPDATE: Nine Candidates File for Vacant Vienna Council Seat

By: Todd Baucher, James Sparvero Email
By: Todd Baucher, James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 8/6/2014 5:05 PM

The candidates did their part.

Now replacing a long-time Vienna councilman is up to the voters.

Officials finalized the ballot for the open seat Wednesday morning.

There are nine candidates.

They're running to fill the seat held by Paul Thornton.

He recently became the city's development director.

The city could've appointed a successor for the remainder of his term, but it was decided the voters should have that opportunity in November.

"Hopefully whoever comes in will have some good background that they can contribute to the budget process and other things. But that's one of the beauties about local government. We have no say in that. It's what the people want and we'll be able to work with whoever comes on," says Mayor Randy Rapp.

Mayor Rapp says the winning candidate will take the seat as soon as results are certified and will serve the remaining two years of Thornton's term.

Election day is November 4.


Voters will decide who will replace a Vienna City Councilman who recently was appointed to a new city office.

Long-time councilman Paul Thornton recently became the city's development director.

The city could have appointed a successor for the remainder of Thornton's term.

But it was decided the voters should have that opportunity in November.

The filing deadline for that election is Monday.

Five people, including former councilwoman Margaret "Peggy" Mace, have already filed for the seat.

Mayor Randy Rapp says someone may be appointed to temporarily serve in the vacant seat but it won't be one of the candidates in the election.


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