Lora Petso picked to fill vacant seat on Edmonds

  • Tue Jul 6th, 2010 10:19pm
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By Oscar Halpert Herald Writer

EDMONDS — The City Council on Tuesday night appointed Lora Petso to the seat vacated in May by Dave Orvis.

She immediately took her seat on the dais.

She will serve the remainder of Orvis’ four-year term, through December 2011. Petso, a former city councilwoman who ran unsuccessfully last year, deferred comments on the appointment.

Council members D.J. Wilson, Steve Bernheim, Diane Buckshnis and Michael Plunkett voted for Petso. Council members Strom Peterson and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas voted for other candidates.

“I think the most important characteristic of anybody is whether they got out and ran for office and worked hard,” Wilson said.

The field of applicants also included former council members Roger Hertrich and Jeffrey Wilson as well as Edmonds Planning Board member Todd Cloutier. Other applicants included Frank Yamamoto and Rich Senderoff, who are both on the 17-member Edmonds Economic Development Commission.

Council members are paid $600 a month and $50 for each meeting to a maximum of $1,000 a month.

Petso did not say whether she will campaign for a full term next year.

Orvis left the council, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.