NORMAN — Residents can meet candidates for the Ward 3 city council seat at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 201 W Gray St.
The meet-and-greet will allow residents an opportunity to talk to the five people who applied for the position being vacated by Hal Ezzell, who resigned effective Tuesday. The remaining council members say they want to appoint a new councilor by Aug. 14.
Applicants are Benjamin Carter, Robert Castleberry, Robert McCloy, Shawn Hook and Renee Porter. All live within the boundaries of Ward 3.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said the city charter specifies that council members still seated after someone resigns from an unexpired term are to appoint a replacement to serve until the term runs out.
Filing for election to the Ward 3 post will be held in January, followed by a spring 2013 election. The newly elected representative would be sworn in July 2.
Rosenthal said the council does not want to appoint a replacement to finish Ezzell's term without input from residents.
“The council faces an important decision in selecting a new council member for Ward 3, and the input from the community, particularly residents of Ward 3, is critical,” she said. “I strongly encourage as many people as possible to come and meet the individuals who have stepped forward to serve the community.”
Feedback to council members after the reception will be appreciated, Rosenthal said.