Three residents show interest in council vacancy

Three residents have submitted applications so far to be considered for the open seat on the Minot City Council, including two who ran in the recent election.

Steph-an Podrygula, David Shomento and Mitch Kraft have applications that will go before the council for consideration when it meets to discuss filling the vacant seat. That meeting has not been set but likely will be held later this week. It must be held after July 11 because of a required 15-day waiting period for making appointments.

The vacancy was declared June 26 after Shaun Sipma was sworn in as mayor, giving up his council seat. Sipma was elected mayor in the June 12 city election.

The council has the option to hold a special election or appoint to fill the two years remaining in the term.

Podrygula, a clinical psychologist, recently completed a one-year term on the newly restructured council. He finished fourth among six candidates seeking three seats on the council June 12. He previously served on the council from 1998-2002, 2004-2008 and 2016-2017.

Shomento, who finished fifth in the June 12 council election, had been appointed to the 14-member city council in September 2014 to fill a vacancy. He was elected in 2016 and served until 2017. A nearly life-long resident of Minot, Shomento spent a number of years in the banking business and later with Sammy’s Pizza.

Kraft, who is a branch manager at Prairie Supply and has been active on the board of the Minot Association of Builders, was elected to the Minot School Board in 2016.

The city continues to take applications. Anyone interested in an appointment should notify Sipma or City Manager Tom Barry.