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Ex-Councilman Clark joins growing list of Kent City Council applicants

Tim Clark, a former Kent City councilman and a 2013 mayoral candidate, has added his name to the growing list of applicants for the vacant Kent City Council position.

Fourteen people have submitted their names so far, according to a Monday email from City Clerk Ronald Moore. The deadline for applicants is Friday, Feb. 7.

The latest applicants included Ted Schwarz, Jeff Piecewicz, Dan Cox, Ross Hardy, Richard Herrick, Tom Hough and Marina Peck.

Clark served 16 years on the council before serving the past four years on the Kent School Board. He ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Suzette Cooke for mayor in November.

The earlier applicants included Dean Carlson, Elliot Heifetz, Richard L. Mauser, Michael Sealfon, Lauren Stephan and Cheri Stewart.

The position became vacant when Ken Sharp resigned Jan. 16 after only two weeks in office because of pending first-degree theft charges. His resignation left the seven-member council one person short.

People who have lived in the city limits for at least one year and are registered voters can apply up to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Apply online at kentwa.gov or email applications to cityclerk@kentwa.gov. Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter about why they want to serve on the council. The part-time position pays $13,752 per year.

The council will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 to review the applications during an executive session and decide who they want to interview as finalists. The council will have another special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 to interview the finalists and then meet in executive session before voting on who shall be appointed.

The term of the person appointed to the position will begin with their appointment and end when the November 2015 election is certified. The person appointed is eligible to run for the position in 2015.

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