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Mesa City Council selects finalists for open District 3 council seat

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Former District 3 Mesa Councilmember Ryan Winkle answers questions Aug. 31 during his disciplinary hearing. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)

The Mesa City Council selected five finalists for the open District 3 City Council seat during this morning’s study session. Councilmembers 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 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.

The Mesa City Council voted unanimously to remove District 3 Councilmember Ryan Winkle from office on Aug. 31 “in order to uphold the integrity of the office of Mesa City Councilmember.” On May 7, Winkle was arrested for DUI and subsequently pled guilty to extreme DUI.

Winkle served six days in jail, July 21-27. His 49 days of home detention started immediately after and he’s monitored with an ankle bracelet and gets 12 hours a day work release. On Aug. 7, Winkle ended his voluntary suspension without pay. He had been on voluntary suspension without pay since May 17.

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

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