During Monday nights City of Mason Commission meeting, it appeared that the group was at a stalemate in selecting a designee to replace Jared Carter's vacated District 1 seat.
After having hit an impasse during their December meeting, during which Jimmie Lange was nominated; but, the 2-2 vote split prevented his approval, the Commission had decided to try once more. During lengthy discussion on the issue, Commissioners William Beaty and Bob Vacek again reiterated their support for Mr. Lange, and noted that they thought he brought the best qualifications to the position.
Commissioner Beaty again nominated Mr. Lange, and Commissioner Vacek again seconded the motion. Once again, the vote split 2-2, with Mayor Brent Hinckley and Commissioner Anna Velez voting against.
Mayor Hinckley told the group that he felt his support was for Dane Phillips, whom he had encouraged to step forward and put his name into contention. Commissioner Velez nominated Mr. Phillips; but, no second was made on the motion and it died for lack of second.
Commissioner Velez asked the group, "Should we just start going through all the names?" referring to the five candidates who had offered themselves as potential replacements for Commissioner Carter. John Schafft, one of those candidates, was recognized and asked that his name be taken out of consideration.
The Commission then asked Tammy Gardner, another of the candidates, to step to the microphone and speak to the group about why she wanted to serve. She explained her journey to Mason, and declared her love for the community.
The fifth candidate, Carolyn Copeland, was not at the meeting, nor was Mr. Lange.
As the Commission discussed the possibility of tabling the item until after the next general election for Commission members, Commissioner Beaty nominated Mrs. Gardner, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Vacek. The vote was unanimous to seat her for the District 1 spot, and the Mayor immediately swore her in and she began her duties for the remainder of the meeting.