The Centerville City Council Tuesday interviewed three residents who submitted letters of interest to serve out the remaining mayor term following the death of Jim Senior. The term remaining is about 1.5 months.
The special meeting at City Hall lasted nearly 45 minutes. Each councilman asked the same question of the three candidates — Pat McAfee, Jay Rogers and Jan Spurgeon.
Councilman Richard Smith’s question: Do you intend to run for political office in November?
Not one of the three ruled it out, completely.
Rogers said he has already filed papers to run for the council seat in Ward 2 currently served by Edwin Brand.
Rogers’ answer to Smith’s question caused Councilman Jennings Dillard to ask a followup: Why would you want to be mayor for so short a time and wouldn’t it be a better use of your time to be campaigning for the city council?
“I am a great promoter. That’s what I do and that’s what I see me in the role of mayor as,” Rogers said. “Not that I want to go after mayor. I’d rather work as a city councilman and learn that and then if sometime the city mayor interests me then I would run for it.”
Spurgeon said she couldn’t say for sure.
“I have not made a decision to that,” she said. “Should I be appointed it would be a great opportunity to test the waters.”
Spurgeon tempered her remarks by stating before she ran for office she would want see how well she was accepted as a community ambassador and spokesperson as mayor.
McAfee said she was still considering a run for office in November but wanted first to see how well she would fit in with the team already in place.
“Every organization has a personality and sometimes persons that come in the team just don’t fit as well as others and so I would be evaluating and I would expect that the council and the staff would be evaluating me at the same time,” McAfee said.