Fremont city council to fill vacant seat

Thania Arce and Victoria Groenewold,

The Fremont City Council held a meeting on Tuesday to interview applicants seeking to fill the City Council seat made vacant when Councilmember Lily Mei was elected to serve as Mayor. New candidates were introduced to the board as well as the community at the meeting.

Out of 27 applicants, eight candidates were selected to hold a public interview in front of the board in order to say why they are best qualified for the job and city. David Bonaccorsi, Brannin Dorsey, Reshma Karipineni, Kathryn McDonald, Roman Reed, Rakesh Sharma, Craig Steckler and Cullen Tiernan were among those who were interviewed. No decision was made at Tuesday’s meeting.

Multiple candidates mentioned issues such as traffic, ramped development and affordable housing during the interview process. When asked about his political background, Mr. Tiernan, a former Marine, stated that he was involved with the Bernie Sanders campaign, but did not elaborate on his specific involvement.

No date was set for the final decision on who is going to fill the open chair. City Council members are elected at-large and serve four-year terms, also with a two-term limit. Council members are compensated $2,118.89 per month, according to the City of Fremont.