Three candidates up for empty Ennis Town Commission seat

The Ennis Town Commission will choose its new member in January from three candidates, said mayor John Clark.

Last month commissioner Diane McPhetres resigned her post with one year left on her term.

McPhetres was the second commissioner this year to resign. This past spring Susie Baldwin resigned because she was moving. Becky Vujovich was picked to fill her spot.

Audra Bourk was a candidate for the Baldwin’s spot and has submitted a letter of interest for McPhetres spot.

Bourk, who couldn’t be reached on Tuesday, said back in May that she was interested in being on the town commission because she wanted to have a voice in upcoming issues.

“I enjoy getting involved in different things around town,” Bourk said in May.

Jim Bohram has also thrown his hat in the ring for McPhetres seat.

Bohram has lived in Ennis for 40 years. He believes he can bring a “locals” perspective to the commission that is needed.

Lea Anne Reinsch, who owns Otter Banks, is also vying for the spot. She believes a local business perspective is needed on the town commission and that’s why she’s applying.

All three candidates will be interviewed by current commissioners Pat Clancey and Brian Vincent, Clark said.

They will make a recommendation to the full commission, he said.  The hope is to vote on the new member at the regular commission meeting Jan. 13.

“I’d like to get them in and get them in their seat as soon as we can,” Clark said.

However, the new commissioner will have to run for their seat in next year’s election, along with three other commissioners, he said.

Only one commissioner, Brian Vincent, will not be up for election in 2011, Clark said.

Of those four, two will serve four year terms and two will serve two year terms to get the positions staggered again, he said.

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