LAMPASAS — Originally, there were nine rivals for the open Place 4 seat on the Lampasas City Council. As of 5 p.m. Friday, there were only seven candidates left.

The seat opened up when Misti Talbert left to become mayor after the May 6 election. Nine people were nominated as replacement candidates. They are:

– Zachary Taylor, a continuous improvement manager for Ajinomoto Windsor.

– Lampasas High School teacher Cathy Kuehne.

– Regina Bertrand, an office manager at Austin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

– Ross Oliver, a manager at LP Touring.

– Retired schoolteacher L. Gregory Smith.

– Juvenile probation officer Carrie Seaver.

– Residential child care inspector Meghan McCatherine.

– Pastor Kevin Veazey.

– Clayton H. Tucker, a teacher.

McCatherine and Veazey pulled their names because they will not be able to make the interview process.

City Manager Finley deGraffenried said the council will consider the nominees Monday night, and the spot could ultimately be decided then. If all goes well, that’s what will happen, he said in a phone call Friday.

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