The Pequot Lakes City Council received letters from seven people interested in filling an open council seat until April 2020. The council will appoint someone at its Tuesday, Dec. 3, meeting.

Those seven applicants are Jeffrey Boucher, Pete Clement, Tyler Gardner, Pamela Johnson, Dan Ronning, Bonita Schweinler and Wes Wilson.

The person appointed will be sworn into office at the Jan. 7, 2020, council meeting and will serve until council member Jerry Akerson is able to resume duties and attend council meetings. Akerson, who was re-elected in November 2018, has only attended three meetings this year because of health reasons.

Last month, he requested a leave of absence until April 2020, and the council agreed to seek applicants and appoint an interim council member.

In the event of a tie vote Dec. 3, Mayor James Tayloe has the authority to cast the vote to break the tie.

The candidates' letters of interest are included in the city council agenda packet.

  • Boucher, a Pequot Lakes resident for 18 years, ran for a council seat in 2018.
  • Clement is a former maintenance employee with the city's public works department.
  • Gardner grew up in Pequot Lakes and previously served on the council for two years before resigning when he moved out of the city.
  • Johnson moved to Pequot Lakes three years ago and owns The YARD Sports Complex & Grounds Crew Coffee in Pequot Lakes.
  • Ronning is the current chair of the city's park commission.
  • Schweinler is retired and has lived in Pequot Lakes since July 2018.
  • Wilson has lived in Pequot Lakes for more than 15 years and has been a member of the city's planning and zoning commission for more than six years.