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City Council vacancy attract 25 applicants

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Twenty-five people have applied for the at-large opening on the Peoria City Council, seeking to replace Chuck Weaver, who resigned to become a state senator.

The list of applicants for the council seat include several young adults as well as a couple retirees. The applicants include educators, business owners, neighborhood activists, a few engineers, a couple lawyers and a few people already well-known in city politics.

The deadline for applying was last Friday.

According to City Hall, the City Council will review the applications and supporting materials and the council will begin whittling the number on Nov. 12.

The person chosen will fill out the remainder of Weaver’s term, serving until May 2017.

The 25 applicants are, in the order listed in a city news release:

  • Alicia Harris, an administrative assistant at Illinois Central College.
  • Conrad Stinnett III, a technical writer and president of the West Bluff Council.
  • Hugh McGowan, a video production manager at CDSC Video.
  • Norman Burdick, a workers compensation fraud attorney.
  • Sid Paul Ruckriegel, owner of SERVUS Inc.
  • Robert W. Sprague, engineer at Caterpillar Inc.
  • John D. Marter Jr., engineer at Caterpillar.
  • Zachary M. Oyler, a manager at Caterpillar.
  • Winsley Durand, business consultant and member of the city Planning and Zoning Board.
  • Steve Fairbanks, neighborhood development specialist, City of Peoria.
  • Marcus Fogliano, representative for Equality Illinois.
  • Sheldon Schafer, retired planetarium director for Peoria Riverfront Museum.
  • Jonathan Jurow, pastoral councilor.
  • Branden Martin, a Peoria Realtor.
  • John Kelly, financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.
  • Brian J. Young, business instructor at Midstate College.
  • Rita Ali, vice president of Diversity, International and Adult Education, Illinois Central College.
  • Thomas P. Higgins, attorney, professor of criminal justice at Illinois Central College.
  • Thomas D. Fliege, president, Hawk Agency, and member of CEO Council.
  • Scott Kelsey, construction manager.
  • Tom Staub, supervisor at Kroeschell Operations, president of East Bluff Association.
  • Ashley Thomasina Pierce, co-owner of AGM Design.
  • Terri Hall, business owner.
  • Joseph Keck, research scientist, student.
  • Jon F. Bateman, Caterpillar engineer and former member of District 150 School Board.

More information about each applicant can be viewed at www,

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Paul Gordon is the editor of The Peorian after spending 29 years of indentured servitude at the Peoria Journal Star. He’s an award-winning writer, raconteur and song-and-dance man. He also went to a high school whose team name is the Alices (that’s Vincennes Lincoln High School in Indiana; you can look it up).