The San Jacinto City Council learned six candidates have applied to be appointed to the vacant city council one day before the deadline for applications to be turned in to the city clerk. Deadline for candidates to apply for the open seat was Oct. 6, leaving the council to pick one of the candidates for appointment within a 60-day period or a special election would have to be held.
Those applying are for the open seat left by former council member Joel Lopez who remains in jail awaiting trial on three alleged felony counts. Since he failed to take his seat or call in an excuse after July 20, his seat was declared vacant by the city attorney and the remaining four council members on Sept. 21 after continued non-appearances at council meetings.
The call for members of the community to