A second person has filed an application for the District 7 Topeka City Council seat formerly held by Aaron Mays.
According to city clerk Brenda Younger, Margaret Soroko has submitted an application with the clerk's office. Younger said Soroko originally submitted an application Oct. 22, hoping to file by petition. Soroko was a few signatures short, however, and submitted by fee Thursday.
"It looked interesting, like I could apply some of my experience and my education and what I've done through the years working with people," said Soroko, who has worked with multiple nonprofits. "I just felt like getting a little more involved."
Soroko, who is retired, said she has been observing city council meetings on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Topeka and Shawnee County for two and a half years.
"And I've just been paying attention," she said.
Soroko has lived in Topeka for about 31 years. She said her family has been supportive of her application.
"All three of the kids have said, 'Yeah go for it, Mom!' " Soroko said.
If chosen to fill the vacant city council seat, Soroko said she plans to take a "common-sense approach" to problems the city is facing. She wants to "ensure that we have a stable tax base." And she hopes to look at "expanding on activities and resources to make things better for everybody."
Former interim Topeka city manager Neil Dobler is the only other person to have applied for the vacant city council seat.
Applications for the position opened Oct. 14. The city will accept applications until 5 p.m. Oct. 28. Applications must be submitted to the city clerk's office in Room 166 at City Hall, 215 S.E. 7th St.
Applicants have the option to pay a $50 filing fee to complete their application or submit a petition signed by 50 registered voters from the council district they would represent.
According to information published on the city's website, the mayor and city council are tentatively set to interview applicants at the council's next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 12.
The District 7 council seat was left open Oct. 7 after Mays resigned to fill the 3rd District county commission seat vacated by Bob Archer. Shawnee County Republican Party precinct committee members on Sept. 27 chose Mays over Dobler, the only other candidate, to fill Archer's seat on the commission.
The person chosen to fill the vacant District 7 city council seat will serve until the current term expires in January 2022.