A new face may join the commission as soon as July 22, more than a month after Pat Flury's abrupt resignation in the middle of a City Hall meeting.
Political rookies and veterans – 20 in all – hope to be appointed to the commission seat formerly held by Flury. The longtime commissioner quit on June 11, saying she had grown tired of being followed around by a political foe who questioned whether she lived in Dania Beach.
Under the city charter, the vacancy must be filled by Aug. 10.
Candidates were required to submit applications by Friday.
The candidates are Richard Aube; Charles Camacho; former mayor Robert Chunn Jr.; former commissioner Jean Cook; Bryan Cowart, a former district chief for the Broward Sheriff's Office assigned to Dania Beach; Paul Fetscher, a resident appointed to the commission in October 2006 to fill the vacated seat of C.K. "Mac" McElyea; Bruce Hannover, who ran for the Dania Beach commission in November 2012; Douglas Hasty; Mark LaRocca; Charles K. McElyea, who served on the commission off and on since 1985; David Nuby Jr.; Ann Page, who ran for the Dania Beach commission in 2005; Terry Preuss; James Robert Ridgely III; Luis Rimoli; Clive Taylor; Louise Velo; Boisy Waiters Jr.; Teresa West; and Rebecca Yates.
Dania Beach commissioners plan to interview all 20 candidates on Monday during a special meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Mayor Walter Duke says he hopes to appoint a replacement that night.
"When I open that meeting up, I am going to make it clear that we are not leaving until we pick someone," Duke said.
The new commissioner will serve until the next city election on Nov. 4, 2014.
Commissioners have requested that the new commissioner not run in the next election, but Duke says such a requirement would require a change in the charter.
"If that person wants to run, they would have the constitutional right to run," Duke said.
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