Marquette City Commission accepting applications to fill vacant seat

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The city of Marquette has a new Mayor. It's Tom Baldini. Baldini was selected by the City Commission during Monday's annual organizational meeting. Former Mayor Dave Campana was voted as Mayor Pro-Tem. Fred Stonehouse was also sworn in as a new member of the Commission.

The most controversial issue of the night, however, was how to fill the vacant seat left by newly elected State Representative Sara Cambensy. Tony Ghiringhelli and many of his supporters showed up stating he should be given the empty seat as he came in fourth in the recent elections.

Commissioners pointed out the City's Charter does not allow for that and instead requires either special election or appointment by the commission.

"The charter was developed and it says you elected people to make decisions and not everybody is happy with that," said Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini. "We're going to accept applications, the person who came in fourth may become the next commissioner through that process, but this commission was not ready tonight, just six days after that election and that vacancy, to stamp that."

Applications for the City Commission vacancy will be available online or at the City Clerks office. They'll accept applications until close of business November 30. They will then make a decision on who will take the seat at their December 11 meeting.