It’s a tie vote for GJ City Councilor replacement of Harry Butler |

It’s a tie vote for GJ City Councilor replacement of Harry Butler

Sharon Sullivan

If you missed the deadline for applying for the District E City Council seat, there’s another opportunity to submit your resume.

Grand Junction City Council arrived at a tie vote Wednesday night after interviewing the five candidates seeking to fill the seat left vacant by the June 2 passing of Harry Butler.

Les Miller and Duncan McArthur each received three votes. Councilors Bennett Boeschenstein, Rick Brainard and Jim Doody voted for Miller; Marty Chazen, Phyllis Norris and Sam Susuras voted for McArthur.

The other candidates were Martha Barrett Scott, Teresa Black and Kenneth Harris.

During the interview process, candidates were asked to speak on topics including panhandling, capital projects and property rights.

Unable to come to an agreement after the tie vote, city council decided to start the process over and again accept letters of interest and resumes for the District E city council position. The successful candidate will serve until the next regular election in April 2015.

To be eligible for the appointment, applicants must live within District E, which is generally Orchard Mesa and the area south of Orchard Avenue between Seventh and 12th streets. Applicants must have resided in the district for at least 12 consecutive months and be a registered Grand Junction voter.

To view specific district boundaries, follow the link: and check the “City Council Districts” option in the map legend on the left side of the page. District E is shown in orange. Or, visit the city website,, and look for the GIS mapping system.

The City Clerk, at 250 N. Fifth St., will accept letters of interest and resumes until 5 p.m., Monday, July 22. The city clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For questions, call 970-244-1509.

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