ALBANY -- Three people have applied for the City Council vacancy created by the death last month of Mayor Peggy Thomsen.

Peggy McQuaid, Rochelle Nason and Nick Pilch applied to fill the vacancy. The City Council will select one candidate at its July 7 meeting and the appointed member will serve until the November election, when voters will choose someone to finish the last two years of Thomsen's term. The appointed member will be allowed to stand for election.

All three candidates have served the city in several capacities.

McQuaid is currently on the city's Traffic and Safety Commission and was a member of the Golden Gate Fields Task Force and the Measure E Citizen's Oversight Committee. She has worked for the Albany Historical Society, the Albany Community Foundation and the Albany Educational Foundation. In 2012, McQuaid was named "Woman of the Year" by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, an award Skinner gives out annually for community service in her district.

Nason is currently on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission and was a member of the Waterfront Committee. She is a lawyer and was recently named Executive Director of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. She is on the board of directors for Citizens For East Shore Parks and spent 18 years as Executive Director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, resigning in 2011.


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Pilch is currently a member of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission. He ran for City Council in 2008 and 2012. He previously served on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission and the Traffic and Safety Commission. He has worked with the Sierra Club and cofounded Albany Strollers and Rollers, an advocacy group for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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