There are nine people who have applied for the Wenatchee City Council seat left open by now-Mayor Mike Poirier. 

The heavy interest comes after three of the four city council races in November had a single unopposed candidate. 

The nine candidates vying for the vacant seat in District 2 include two women, a former city councilor and people working for both private businesses and nonprofits. 

Candidate interviews will take place at a special city council meeting on February 1, with the council's final selection to be sworn in on February 8 

All the candidates were required to be registered voters and to have resided within District 2 in the city of Wenatchee for at least one year prior to their appointment. 

The candidates include 

  • Armando Bendito-Zepeda 
  • Chelsea Ewer, Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce  
  • Doug Miller, former Wenatchee city councilmember 
  • Jessica Johnson, former SAGE executive director 
  • Mark Peaslee  
  • Michael Hughes, retired fire captain.  
  • Nik Moushon 
  • Steve Kolk.  
  • Steve Maher, Our Valley Our Future coordinator 

The city held a reception for candidates on Jan. 9 at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce Tasting Room. 

Poirier vacated the District 2 seat winning the seat in November's general election over Brian Campbell. Both had sought the position after current mayor Frank Kuntz decided not to run for re-election. 

Poirier and the council members elected in November were sworn into office prior to the start of the new year. 

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