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WyCo Commission to take second shot at filling vacant seat

07/10/2013 6:08 PM

07/10/2013 6:08 PM

It’s on the agenda — again.

Wyandotte County’s Unified Board of Commissioners will attempt for the second time Thursday night to pick a new at-large 1st District representative for the seat that Mark Holland once held before he was elected mayor/CEO in April.

In a tense session in June, the commission deadlocked 5-5 between developer Don Budd and former commissioner Nathan Barnes. The two emerged as finalists from an 18-candidate pool.

Any new commissioner would have to get six votes to gain the seat.

It’s unclear whether the panel will vote again in an attempt to break the tie or whether the commission will opt to pick another candidate from the original pool.

The commission apparently can go about filling the vacancy any way it wants. There is no deadline.

The seat is considered important because it could shift the balance of power between a panel controlled by Holland or one headed by Commissioner Ann Murguia, who lost to Holland in the mayor’s race.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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