Michael Weinman will fill the vacated District 7 seat on the Clintonville Area Commission, CAC officials said this week.

Weinman was the sole applicant for a special election to fill the seat.

The position had been held by John Eschenbrenner since he won election in May 2018, but the seat was declared vacant by the commission in October after Eschenbrenner's third unexcused absence. Missing three meetings without an excuse "is considered a resignation" according to CAC bylaws, said commission member Libby Wetherholt.

CAC election committee chairwoman Ann Henkener said CAC bylaws call for the commission to cancel a special election and declare a winner in an instance when there is a single applicant.

Henkener said others picked up a candidate package, but Weinman was the only one to file for the election by the Nov. 30 deadline.

Weinman's victory still must be certified by the city of Columbus, Henkener said. While there is no fixed timetable, she expects he could be seated "soon."

Weinman ran against Eschenbrenner in May 2018 for the District 7 seat. Eschenbrenner won by a vote of 8-7.

The CAC serves as an advisory panel to Columbus City Council. District 7 stretches roughly from Glenmont Avenue north to Garden Road, east of High Street.

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