September 23, 2020.
Sept 24 update: the city has published the agenda and Zoom link for the interviews.
The council selected the three women from 33 applicants for the vacancy created by the resignation of Brad Anderson. According to Mayor Ryan Lukson, the council will announce their decision by the October 6 council meeting.
The Richland City Council has appointed 17 people to fill open seats since the city was incorporated in 1958. Of the 16 who chose to seek a full term, only one failed to be elected.
Boring and Gutierrez have said that they would run for the seat in 2021 if the council appointed them.
Based on the city’s history, the new appointee would almost certainly be elected.
The Observer obtained Richland election records from a resident who submitted a public record request. Amanda Hatfield, manager of the Benton County Election Office, also provided the Observer with information about council election results.
Only Larna Brown lost her bid for a full term. Rita Mazur defeated her in the 1995 election. Brown had replaced Doreen Strawick who died in office May 1995.
One appointee decided not to seek election. According to Richland records, Bertrand Field chose not to run for election “due to public disclosure law #276.”
The law, which passed in 1972, requires that elected officials and candidates report campaign contributions and expenditures and disclose financial interests. Field was appointed in March 1972 and resigned in December 1973.
The following people have been appointed to the Council in order of the dates of their appointment: Harold Morgan (April 1964), Arden L. Bement, Jr. (September 1968), Shirley Fransen (July 1970), Bertrand Field (March 1972), Bud Knore (March 1974), Madge Watson (December 1974), Shirley Widrig (November 1976), John Poytner (August 1978), James Becton (April 1979), Betty Sherman (January 1981), Jerry Greenfield (December 1990), Larna Brown (June 1995), Carol Moser (July 1995), John Fox (September 2002), David Rose (December 2004), Ed Revell (February 2006), Sandra Kent (February 2008).