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Posted on May 4, 2015

7 apply for open city council seat

The City of Quincy has received seven applications for an open seat on the city council.

Former Councilman Dustin Petersen resigned from the council last month, creating the open position. Petersen has moved out of the state.

The candidates will get their chance to talk to the city council at its Tuesday regular meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at city hall. The council then will ask questions of the candidates. After going into executive session, the council will choose one candidate to appoint to the open seat.

The new council member will fill the seat on the seven-member council through December 2017.

The candidates are:

  • David Durfee has lived in the city 29 years. He wrote that he applied for the position because he wants to “serve the city of Quincy.”
  • Keith Anstine has lived in the city 55 years. Anstine has served four terms on the council in the past and he is a local business owner. He wrote that he is applying because “I love Quincy.”
  • Warren Lybbert has lived in the city five years. The owner of Columbia Rentals, Lybbert wrote that he is open-minded, excels at building relationships and has experience managing large budgets. Lybbert also interned for Sen. Mark Schoesler. “Quincy is my hometown,” Lybbert wrote. “I want to see the community continue to grow and move forward in the right direction. This is where I am raising my family and I love this community. As a local business owner, I truly believe in the motto ‘Opportunities Unlimited.’ I want to be a part of that vision, for the future of our community.”
  • Sonia Olivia Padron has lived in the city for more than 35 years. Padron wrote that she is skilled at interacting with people from all socio-economic backgrounds. She is involved in multiple service clubs, community committees and her church. “Being a Quincy resident/community member for 35-plus years, I am interested in serving and giving back to my community,” she wrote. “I feel I have the best interest of my fellow community citizens and will strive to represent them in my best way.”
  • Gina Saldana has lived in the city for 25 years. She currently is the executive assistant to the superintendent of the Royal School District. Saldana has a degree in political science and served an internship with a state congressman. “As a lifelong citizen of Quincy, I feel it is my civic duty to serve our community,” she wrote. “With my diverse background and knowledge in governmental affairs, I feel I would serve the community well. Quincy was a wonderful place to grow up and I appreciate the small-town values Quincy offered that helped shape the person I am today.”
  • Josey Ferguson has lived in the city for four years. Ferguson is a member of the Quincy Booster Club, a business owner for the past 12 years and is the manager of the Quincy Cemetery. “(I) would like to see the city activities keep progressing in the right direction,” Ferguson wrote. “(I will) make sure there are more city-organized, after-school things for kids to participate in.”
  • Joe Aguilar has lived in the city for 23 years. Aguilar is a critical facilities technician for Microsoft. “I would like to see more emphasis on managing the city’s financial operations and help protect the misuse of city money (that) have little effect in improving the community,” he wrote.