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The next Roanoke City Council member may very well take office after being appointed by the governor. That’s the next step in the process to fill the vacant District 3 council seat after the council failed to agree on a replacement at a called meeting last Tuesday.
The seat has been empty since Tommy Rushton resigned after he and his family moved out of the district. Rushton was appointed as a replacement for Bronwyn Bishop, who won election to the seat in 2020 but also resigned when she moved out of the district.
Filling the vacant seat was the only item on the agenda at last Tuesday’s meeting. The council met in executive session to consider all of the six candidates who submitted their names for the job.
After that executive session council member Tammi Holley made a motion to appoint Tommy Burke, and John Frank Houston seconded that nomination. But Burke’s appointment failed by a 3-2 vote with Mayor Jill Patterson-Hicks and council members Mike Parmer and Kesa Johnston voting no. No one else was nominated, and the meeting adjourned.
That was the council’s last chance at filling the seat themselves. They had 60 days from Rushton’s resignation to appoint someone, and that time expired November18. Parmer nominated Daniel Anglin at the Nov. 6 council meeting, but that motion died without a second and never made it to a vote.
Now the appointment goes to the office of Governor Kay Ivey, who has 30 days to fill the seat or send the empty seat back to the city to be filled via a special election.
The mayor and each of the council members can submit a nominee to the governor’s office.
The next election for the Roanoke City Council will be in 2025.