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Mayor to nominate Grant Walch to fill Bloomington Ward 1 vacancy

Mboka Mwilambwe sitting at city council meeting
Emily Bollinger
Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe plans to nominate Grant Walch for a city council vacancy in Ward 1.

Bloomington Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe has announced plans to nominate Grant Walch for the Ward 1 council vacancy.

“Mr. Walch is very civic minded and showed a true commitment to helping the constituents of the ward and the entire community," Mwilambwe said in a statement on Friday.

The nomination will be made during the city council's regular meting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Government Center.

Walch was one of seven candidates who applied to fill the south Bloomington seat, left vacant when Jamie Mathy unexpectedly resigned in March less than a year after he won reelection.

Walch is listed on LinkedIn as a technical support engineer for an IT firm. If approved by the council, he would serve until April 2023, when the seat will be up for election for the remaining two years of the term.

According to a city news release, Mwilambwe plans to nominate another candidate if the council doesn’t approve of Walch’s nomination. The mayor said if his second choice is denied, he will make a temporary appointment from among his first two choices, which city staff indicated does not require council consent.

The city has 60 days to fill the vacancy, according to state law.

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Corrected: May 16, 2022 at 10:21 AM CDT
The Ward 1 appointment will be for the next 11 months. The seat will be up for election in April 2023.
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