SHARON, PA. Democrat Committee opts to suggest council candidate

The chairwoman previously said the panel wouldn't recommend anyone.
SHARON, Pa. -- The Sharon Democrat Committee has changed its mind: It will make a recommendation to fill a vacant city council seat.
Chris Outrakis, committee chairwoman and a council member, was disappointed last week when council didn't appoint the committee's recommendation to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Councilman Lou Rotunno in November.
She said Tuesday that the Democrat Committee wouldn't go through the nominating process again as city council looks for a successor to Councilman George Gulla, who died earlier this month.
She said today, however, that committee members have insisted that she change her mind, and she has agreed.
Meeting scheduled
The committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the city building to hear from any Democrats interested in the two-year-appointment to Gulla's post. Participants should bring a r & eacute;sum & eacute; and be prepared to make a three-minute speech.
The committee will pick someone and submit that recommendation to council, she said.
All four council members are Democrats.
City council has asked that anyone interested in the Gulla seat submit a letter of interest to the city clerk by noon Thursday.
There are at least 15 people on the list already. Those are the people who interviewed to fill Rotunno's seat. They all asked to also be considered for the Gulla position, and Fred Hoffman, council president, said they won't have to be interviewed again.
Any new candidates will be interviewed at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in city council chambers. Council will then have a special meeting at 5 p.m. that day to make the appointment.