Eight seek appointment to Marathon City Council

A former Marathon City Council member, another person who has taken two shots at running for the board and another who has run for the Monroe County School Board are among eight people who want to get appointed to the council.

Mayor Chris Bull resigned following the Oct. 27 meeting; he plans to move with his family to North Carolina. There is a year left on his term.

The current council -- it'll be Michelle Coldiron, Bill Kelly, Mark Senmartin and Dan Zieg when Coldiron and Senmartin are sworn in Tuesday following their election victories -- is expected to choose the replacement when the board meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Government Center.

The eight hopefuls applied by the 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline. They are:

  • Former Mayor John Bartus, who served on the City Council from 2000 to 2006. He was appointed to the dais in 2014 to fill out the term of Ginger Snead, who resigned to move out of town. Bartus accepted the appointment on the condition he wouldn't run in that year's election.

"I want to make sure the decisions that are made are for the best of the community," he said. He wants to be part of the solution to fixing problems with the city's sewer system.

  • Paula Foley, a bartender at the Lighthouse Grill at the Hyatt Place Hotel and Faro Blanco Resort and Marina. She taught English, media and economics at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier from 2007 to 2014.

  • Luis Gonzalez, a onetime School Board candidate. On his application Gonzalez wrote he worked with Bull reaching out to city youths and that he would "represent a demographic in the community that has never had representation on the board and feel I could bridge this gap." He is president of his family's landscaping company.

  • Realtor Trish Hintze, who lost in Tuesday's election and also ran last year. Hintze said between campaigning and attending City Council meetings, she feels she is qualified to fill Bull's seat.

  • Eric Myrmel, a boat-engine mechanic who unsuccessfully ran for the council last year. He is on the city Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and served as president and vice president of the Middle Keys Marine Association during his eight years with the organization.

  • Attorney Patrick Stevens, chairman of the city's Planning Commission.

  • Kerry Willis, an attorney who worked for Vernis & Bowling from 2004 to 2006. Her resume says she's been city manager of Boynton Beach and Lake Worth.

  • Trevor Wofsey, a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He is a member of the city Code Compliance Board and a recent graduate of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy.