Saturday, qnotes reported on Owen Sutkowski’s application for appointment to Susan Burgess’ at-large city council seat. Burgess, 64, is currently under hospice care and resigned her position June 8.
Sutkowski, who ran for the District 1 council seat in 2009 against incumbent Patsy Kinsey, is one of 24 appointee hopefuls, including Burgess’ son Jason. Burgess has asked that her son be appointed to replace her. The council could vote on the appointment as early as Monday.
In a Sunday afternoon interview with qnotes, Sutkowski said he expects the council to choose the most qualified candidate for the job.
“I think they will choose someone who they feel has the qualifications to serve in office, someone who will bring the wishes and needs of the constituents of Charlotte to the table and someone who can work with communities and staff and council to build bridges for long-term change,” he said via phone.
Traditionally, those appointed to fulfill unexpired city council terms don’t run for reelection. Only two of the 24 applicants made that pledge in their statements of interest for the job. Although he didn’t address it in his statement for appointment, Sutkowski told qnotes he’d make the same commitment not to seek reelection to the seat.
And, if he isn’t chosen, Sutkowski said he’d continue to do the work he enjoys: “I’ll continue to be an advocate for communities and continue to work with communities to make sure their voices are heard. It’s something I enjoy doing and something I want to continue to do.”