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Applicants seek to replace Michael Brooks on the Kansas City Council

A citizens committee is preparing to interview 13 people who have applied to fill the Kansas City Council’s 5th District seat vacated recently by Michael Brooks (left).
A citizens committee is preparing to interview 13 people who have applied to fill the Kansas City Council’s 5th District seat vacated recently by Michael Brooks (left). The Kansas City Star

Thirteen people have applied to fill the vacant 5th District Kansas City Council seat on an interim basis.

A citizens committee will interview the applicants and submit the names of three finalists for the City Council to choose from on Jan. 22.

Michael Brooks announced his resignation from the 5th District seat late last month after an allegation that he had assaulted his council aide. A special prosecutor is reviewing the allegation, and Brooks has denied any wrongdoing, but he chose not to try to serve until his term ends Aug. 1.

All council seats are up for election in an April primary and a June general election this year. City Council members have said they do not intend to choose anyone for the interim seat who is running in the elections because that would give the appointee an unfair advantage.

The list includes neighborhood and community leaders and some who have not been politically active.

The applicants are Charlie Angel, Leslie Alford, Richard O. Brown, Sam Caloroso, Arecka Collins, Rianna Deselich, David Anthony Gilmore, Cokethea Hill, Sherwood Smith, Evaline Taylor, Richard Tolbert, Ruth Turner and Yvonne Wilson.

A citizens commission plans to interview them from Wednesday through Friday and then forward a list of finalists for the City Council to consider.

To reach Lynn Horsley, call 816-226-2058 or send email to lhorsley@kcstar.com.

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