ANTIOCH -- The consensus of the city's elected leaders is that they will appoint a replacement for the vacated council seat of Mayor-elect Wade Harper.
The options before the Antioch City Council are to hold a special election, appoint the third-highest vote-getter, appoint someone based on submitted applications or go through a public interview process for interested candidates.
There are two years remaining on the vacated council seat.
Council members suggested this week that a special election would be unwise given the current economy.
"(An election) would just be too much money. We just can't afford it," said Councilwoman Mary Rocha, who will become mayor pro tem after receiving the highest number of votes.
"I have some thoughts, and we haven't engaged as a council to discuss it, but I'm more inclined not to spend a couple hundred thousand dollars for an election," Harper said.
With an unspecified number of ballots left to be counted for the other council seat, Monica Wilson holds a 448-vote lead over Jim Davis, 10,525 to 10,077. The results will be certified by Dec. 4
If those numbers hold up, Davis, the city's current mayor and a 14-year veteran on the council, says he'll apply for the seat.
In addition to the cost, Wilson points out that an election would likely not take place until June.
The appointment process would likely take place in mid-December, as the new council will be sworn in Dec. 4.
In the last 12 years, Antioch has twice dealt with appointments following a sitting council member being elected mayor.
When then-Councilman Donald Freitas won the mayor's job in 2000, the council appointed third-place finisher Jim Conley.
In 2008, the council opened up the process after Davis was elected mayor, ultimately picking political consultant Martha Parsons to fill the vacancy.
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