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The Mesa City Council selected five finalists for the open District 3 City Council seat during the Sept. 21 Study Session. The Council will interview the finalists and appoint someone to the seat during a special City Council meeting on Sept. 28. There were 31 eligible applications received for the position.

The five finalists are: Pablo Felix, Francisco Heredia, Frank Mizner, Theresa Ratti and Christian Stumpf. Applicants must have resided in District 3 for a period of no less than two (2) years in order to be eligible for the appointment.

In accordance with the Mesa City Charter, Council needs a decision and a final vote on the appointee no later than 30 days after the vacancy was created. If no decision is made by Sept. 30, a special election will be called to elect a replacement.

The appointee will serve as the District 3 Councilmember until the election on Aug. 28, 2018. A runoff election, if required, will be held on Nov. 6, 2018.