June 30, 2016

Mostly clear

9 candidates bid for Brunswick City Council vacancy

BRUNSWICK — City Council is expected to choose someone to fill its open at-large seat after candidate interviews tonight, Ward 2 Councilman Vince Carl said.

Nine people have applied for the position, and interviews began at 6 p.m. in executive session.

The candidates are:

• Raymond Yankura, 2113 Peacock Circle.

• John Rocha, 989 Substation Road.

• Eric Flanigan, 3659 Sandalwood Drive.

• Timothy Gailey, 97 Clearwater Drive.

• Paul Oldja, 1124 Blueberry Hill Drive.

• John Welker, 536 Linden Drive.

• Tim Angbrandt, 3436 Grafton Road.

• Dennis Toth, 88 Castle Court.

• Brian Ousley, 3185 Laurel Road.

Carl said the chosen candidate will have to run for election in November, which he said may have deterred people from applying.

“I’m looking for someone who’s smart, brings new ideas, and who understands both politics and business,” Carl said Monday, adding that someone who can be constructive with dissent will be key.

“What I’m not looking for is someone who is going to disrupt us getting business done,” he said.

Council members have until Friday to appoint someone to the position. If they fail to do so, Mayor Gary Werner will make the appointment.

The at-large seat was vacated by Pat McNamara, whose term ends December 2013.

McNamara accepted the position of city service director after City Manager Jim Lukas fired Sam Scaffide from the position last month.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.