Medford City Council vacancy generates little interest

Medford needs more applicants interested in taking the Medford City Council seat vacated by Al Densmore on Aug. 2, officials say.

So far, only two candidates have come forward, and city officials predict it's unlikely a required third candidate would have the time to file by the deadline at 5 p.m. Friday.

"Likely, we'll have to extend the deadline," said Glenda Wilson, assistant to the city manager. "The way it's looking right now, we won't have three by Friday."

Wilson said the 10- to 20-hour-a-week volunteer time commitment is possibly one of the reasons candidates have been scarce. The City Council also assumed the role of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency board in 2010, which increased its workload.

"It's difficult to dedicate that much of your life to public service," Wilson said.

Densmore stepped down as councilor for Ward 1 prior to the completion of his term, which requires the City Council to select a replacement rather than wait for an election.

The only residents who have expressed serious interest are Philip Iantosca, former owner of the Honeybaked Ham Store in the Medford Center, and lawyer Timothy Jackle, chairman of the Medford Planning Commission.

On Wednesday, Iantosca had filled out the paperwork and submitted the required 25 signatures. The signatures haven't been verified yet.

Jackle had taken out the paperwork, but as of Wednesday he hadn't collected the signatures, though he said he was working on it.

Once the candidates have satisfied all the necessary requirements, the council will appoint a committee of five citizens from Ward 1. The committee will interview the applicants and make recommendations to the council as to which candidates it thinks are the most qualified.

— Damian Mann

Read more in Wednesday's Mail Tribune.

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