Watch for an open forum for vacant council seat — could be 5 running

Maplewood’s new mayor, Barry Greenberg — sworn in on Tuesday, told 40 South he’d like to have an open forum where the candidates for the now vacant Ward 3 council seat will have an opportunity to communicate their views and qualifications.

Currently, of the five that have picked up petitions at city hall, three have been returned with signatures.

Greenberg also said he’s planning on personally meeting with everyone running for the vacant seat to find out what their vision for the city of Maplewood is and what qualifications they would bring. He said he’s met one of the candidates so far.

He hopes to see all of them serving Maplewood in some way.

“There are five citizens that are looking to improve Maplewood and only one of them will get to serve on Council. That means that there are four other citizens that are willing to help our city and I would like facilitate that after the election in August,” he said.

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