The City Council could look a lot different after April 2011.
For sure, six council seats, including the mayor’s, will be up for grabs next year.
And if Councilman Darryl Glenn is elected county commissioner in November, which is all but guaranteed since he’s running against a Democrat, seven of nine council seats will be open in the April 2011 election.
Here’s the breakdown:
Small could stick around another four years since he’s considering running for mayor. So could Gallagher, who has been mentioned as a possible mayoral candidate.
Councilwoman Jan Martin isn’t term-limited, but she’s up for re-election if she decides to run.
Councilman Sean Paige, who was appointed to fill a vacancy created by former Councilman Jerry Heimlicher’s resignation, would have to run if he wants to continue to stay on the council because his appointment ends in April 2011.
“With the high pay and all the perks, who could resist?” Paige said, laughing. “You know, I have strong masochistic tendencies, so maybe I will.”
Paige said he enjoys the job and finds it interesting but that he’s “so busy learning the job and doing the job that I haven’t really thought very much about an extension.”
But Paige said he would be “more encouraged to run if I see some fresh faces with some new thinking stepping forward to participate. This is a particularly challenging time, so I think we need some people who will bring some new thinking to things and a new attitude.”