At the organizational meeting of the Common Council tonight, it was revealed who would be the majority leader and minority leader. Dominic Merante, who is beginning his third term as an alder representing the Fifth Ward, will serve as majority leader, and Ryan Wallace, who is beginning his sixth month as an alder representing the Third Ward, will serve as minority leader.
Tonight's meeting also provided some clarity about the process for filling the vacancy on the Council. It is rumored that Calvin Lewis has officially made known his intention not to take office. Tonight, in response to a question from Merante, Council president Tom DePietro said they would be "acting on that in the immediate future, probably at the next meeting." So far, only Amber Harris, who ran a write-in campaign in November that garnered 84 votes, is the only person to express interest in filling the vacancy. Tonight, as he has done in the past, DePietro invited any Third Ward resident interested in serving on the Council to contact him.
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