The Columbus City Council has narrowed its search for a new member.
The council announced Dec. 27 that it had pared the list of 36 applicants to 13 finalists, including Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy, who will interview with the current council members. Interviews with the finalists are scheduled for Jan. 4-5, with a decision expected at the Jan. 8 council meeting.
The newest council member will replace council President Zach Klein, who will become city attorney on Jan. 1 after his election to the office in November.
Klein will not participate in selecting his replacement. Each of the other six council members submitted three finalists. Some picked the same person. They will then vote on Klein's replacement.
City Hall sources have said for months that Remy and Rob Dorans, the attorney for Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation of Ohio and a parks commissioner, are the front-runners for the seat.
Both made the list of finalists.
The biggest surprise on the list was Jasmine Ayres, who ran against three of the current council members in the November election. Ayres came in fourth. Councilman Michael Stinziano put Ayres on his list of three finalists.
"I think Jasmine has shared some ideas that are worthwhile to share with the body for additional consideration to potentially be appointed to council," he said.
Ayres is a member of the Yes We Can wing of the Franklin County Democratic Party that has sought changes to the party and run against the party's endorsed candidates. She said she isn't surprised she is a finalist.
"I think I presented a strong case for why I should be chosen and made it clear I want to work with them," she said in a text message.
The other finalists are:
* Nancy Day-Achauer, United Methodist Church minister
* Stefanie Lynn Coe, a Southwest Area Commission member
* Michael Dalton, MetroHealth Systems lobbyist
* Gregory Lee, Accenture consultant
* Glenn Mueller, city of Columbus security manager
* James Ragland, consultant and former council legislative aide
* Mike Rankin, former Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrar
* Tiffany White, Progressive Insurance litigation review
* Christopher L. Wyche, AT&T director of external affairs
* Joshua Zimmerman, Jimmy Johns franchise owner