Dickson withdraws as Kent City Council finalist for vacant seat

Candidate’s primary residence in SeaTac

Just seven candidates remain for the Kent City Council vacancy as Lee Ann Dickson withdrew her name.

“While she has a home in Kent, her legal residence is SeaTac,” said Derek Matheson, city chief administrative officer, in an email Friday.

Dickson is past president of the Lake Meridian Community Association and works as a senior construction project manager in Seattle for Nordstrom Rack stores.

Council members picked eight finalists last month from a list of 36 to replace Tina Budell. Budell resigned April 13 after two years in office to take a new job in Chicago.

The council plans to conduct interviews and choose a replacement for Budell in June, but no specific date has been set for interviews, Matheson said.

The remaining candidates are Hira Singh Bhullar, Suzanne Cameron, Sara Franklin, Marli Larimer, Zandria Michaud, Mizanur Rahman and Bill Shorr.

The new council member will serve until an election for the position in November 2019. The appointed council member also will be eligible to run for the position. The elected individual would take office as soon as the election is certified. Budell had just under two years remaining on her four-year term.

Kent’s seven council members establish law and policy by passing ordinances and resolutions. Each council member receives a monthly salary of $1,265.

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