An effort is underway to ask the Unified Government to reconsider its candidate selection and allow three candidates to go to the final selection process.
The commission is making an appointment for the vacancy in the 1st District, at large seat.
Two candidates, Don Budd Jr. and Nathan Barnes, were selected by the UG Commission in a vote on May 30.
On the first vote, Budd came in first, while Barnes and Melissa Bynum were tied for second with two votes each. A runoff vote for second place was held.
Originally, it was announced that Bynum was one of the two finalists, but after a dinner break, an announcement was made that there was a miscount of the votes and that Nathan Barnes had won the vote for the second finalist on a 5-4 count.
On Saturday, June 1, Linda Warner sent electronic messages in support of Bynum to several websites, asking the Unified Government to reconsider and allow three candidates to go to the final process. Bynum said this week that while she did not initiate this effort by Warner, she allowed it to go forward.
Bynum was in the meeting room at the time the mixup was announced, and looked disappointed at that time.
“The way it went down was so mind-boggling,” Bynum said June 3 about the process and the vote miscount. “It was bizarre. All of the snafu portion could have been avoided by a vote out loud.”
“I spent a couple of days talking to people telling me how ridiculous that was,” Bynum said on June 3.
Bynum was one of four candidates mentioned by Mayor Mark Holland as people who could bring people together; however, none of Holland’s recommendations advanced to the finalist list on May 30.
The commission plans to return later in June to continue the selection process. The outlined selection process includes another interview possible with the finalists, followed by a vote by commissioners. According to UG spokesman Edwin Birch, June 20 is being considered as a tentative date for the meeting.