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Ferndale City Council members appointed replacement member at tonight’s meeting

Maralise Fegan speaks remotely to the sitting council members prior to them voting on a replacement for retiring councilmember Ramon Llanos (January 4, 2021). Screen cap of remote video conference meeting.
Candidate Maralise Fegan speaks via video camera while other candidates await their turn from the main conference room in City Hall prior to a vote to select the replacement for retiring councilmember Ramon Llanos (January 4, 2021). Screen cap of remote video conference meeting.

FERNDALE, Wash. — The 6 remaining members of the Ferndale City Council met tonight, Monday, January 4th, via online video conference for the first regular meeting of the council in 2021.

The first items on the agenda were to evaluate and vote on candidates to take over the seat held by former Councilmember Ramon Llanos before his retirement.

The 5 candidates made brief presentations and answered questions from the council members prior to the council going into a brief executive session (closed session) to discuss their options.

After resuming open session, council members nominated all 5 candidates and then held a blind vote via the video conference’s private chat function or by email to City Clerk Susan Duncan. 4 votes for a candidate was required to be considered winning the majority of votes.

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The result of the first round of voting was 1 vote for Jon Mutchler, 3 votes for Maralise Fegan and 2 votes for Connie Faria. Mayor Greg Hansen suggested voting for the top 2 candidates in a second round of voting and that was done.

The result of the second round of voting was 4 votes for Fegan and 2 votes for Faria.

Fegan was immediately sworn in and took her place on the council.

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She is expected to serve until she or someone else is elected during the 2021 General Election.

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