Mexico Beach city council appoints new member

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM.

Some citizens showed support for certain candidates, other asked the council to give preference to applicants who have served the community, and others said they’d prefer a temporary councilmember who didn’t want to change things.

Cathey shared the criteria he used for his own selection and said he picked someone with experience who was current with the city, had shown interest and could get up to speed with a short learning curve.

“We’ve had ample time to decide,” said Cathey before casting his vote for Woodham. “I wasn’t trying to make or break anyone’s political career.”

Councilwoman Tanya Castro said that her first choices were Blackburn or Bailey.

“I’d like someone who is not only representing the people, but can come in and make a difference,” said Castro. “They should be willing to run to keep the seat.

“Look at not only the voice of the people, also look at who can come in and hit the ground running.”

Councilman Jack Mullen cast his vote for Woodham while Councilman Bobby Pollock’s first choice went to Epple for her involvement in the city as former EMS director, with Woodham second.

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