Candidates vie for council seat

VIENNA – The nine candidates who filed to run for the open seat on Vienna City Council drew for ballot positions Wednesday evening.

After the close of the 10-day filing period, nine candidates emerged in Vienna, hopeful to claim the council seat left vacant by Paul Thornton’s July 1 resignation to assume the role of community development director, said Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp.

“It is always better if we let the people decide,” Rapp said.

The candidates will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, allowing the citizens of Vienna to decide which person should fill the vacant seat, Rapp said.

The candidates will appear in the following order on the November ballot:

* Tom Azinger of 1310 Seventh St., Vienna.

* Lisha Conny of 15 Ashwood Drive, Vienna.

* Mike Jacobs of 1307 10th St., Vienna.

* James R. “Jim” Sims of 605 37th St., Vienna.

* Roger Conley of 4803 9th Ave., Vienna.

* Rene Imler of 701 54th St., Vienna.

* Margaret Peggy Mace of 204 40th St., Vienna.

* Mike Elam of 926 20th St., Vienna.

* Larry Godfrey of 3 Woodland Drive, Vienna.

Seven of the nine candidates were in attendance Wednesday evening to draw for ballot position, Rapp said. James Sims and Larry Godfrey were unable to attend, Rapp said.

The ordinance drafted by the City of Vienna allows the winning candidate to assume office as soon as the November election is certified, Rapp said.

The large response for the empty council seat pleased Rapp.

“These are all good folks and qualified candidates,” Rapp said. “Whoever is elected will do a good job for the city,” he said.