|Piasecki fills vacant BG Fourth Ward City Council seat|
|Written by HAROLD BROWN/Sentinel City Editor|
|Monday, 01 July 2013 21:20|
Bowling Green City Council’s Democratic majority took the predictable route Monday night, naming a Democrat to fill the Fourth Ward vacancy left by the recent resignation of Republican Greg Robinette.
Council voted 5-1 to appoint Rob Piasecki to serve the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31. Republican Bob McOmber cast the lone dissenting vote.
Piasecki , the Democratic nominee for the post in the November election, was one of six Fourth Ward residents to present themselves for consideration. Two other residents who had expressed an interest in the post did not attend the meeting.
Also making three-minute presentations to council were Republican nominee Theresa Charters Gavarone, former council members Dr. Roger Anderson and William Herald, and Paul Collings and Jaci Nowicki. Bill Blair and Brent Stewart did not attend. Each of the six also fielded a variety of questions from council members following their statements.
Piasecki will take the oath of office before the July 15 meeting.
Preceding the vote McOmber said he hoped the Democratic majority would not favor one candidate on the November ballot over the other but would in fact follow Robinette’s recommendation in his resignation letter to choose someone not on the ballot. “The voters can decide that in November.” McOmber said naming Piasecki would be “blatant partisan politics and effectively give one candidate a leg up. To take advantage of someone’s patriotic services would be unfortunate.”
Robinette resigned because the Ohio Army National Guard unit he commands was called up for active duty in Kuwait a few months ago.
McOmber called Anderson “a fine candidate” and added “I would be willing to vote for someone not in my party.” Anderson is a Democrat and a retired professor of political science at Bowling Green State University.
Democrat Bruce Jeffers said he did “not appreciate” McOmber’s comment and recalled that council’s appointment of candidate Jacob Redfern to fill a First Ward vacancy a few years ago did not translate to a victory for him in the November election. Redfern replaced Democrat Gordy Hemminger.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 05:45|
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