Council considers interim appointment to vacant seat 

Daly City residents who aspire to be appointed to the City Council — if only for seven months or so — have until 5 p.m. Friday to throw their hats into the ring.

The council is expected to decide April 11 whether to appoint an interim replacement for Maggie Gomez, who was forced to resign her seat in February after pleading no contest to two felony counts of workers’ compensation

Councilors voted 3-0 earlier this month to call a special election Nov. 8 — the same day as a statewide election — allowing voters to pick a permanent successor to Gomez, whose four-year term expires at the end of 2014.  

In the meantime, the City Council is scheduled to hold public interviews Monday with candidates seeking to fill the seat until the election before making a decision April 11. It would take three votes from the remaining four councilors to confirm an appointment, which would give that person the advantage of incumbency in

No one had turned in an application as of Monday, but Richard Brugger, a retiree and community activist who lost to Gomez last November, has said he intends to apply. Dorie Paniza, who also ran unsuccessfully last November, has said she is considering applying.

The two-page application, which requires at least three references, is available at City Hall and on the city’s website. The fact that people can get it online makes it hard to tell who might be interested, City Clerk Annette
Hipona said.

“You don’t have to come in and get it,” Hipona said. “You can keep it all a mystery.”

How to apply

Applications for the City Council are due by 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Visit and click the link under “News and Announcements” on the home page.
  • Visit the Daly City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 333 90th St.

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