- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Phoenix City Council has voted to appoint the former planning director for the city and Maricopa County to a vacant council seat.

Debra Stark was appointed on a 6-1 vote Tuesday after the council heard presentations from nine candidates who applied to fill the interim post.

The District 3 seat became vacant after Councilman Bill Gates resigned May 31 to run for the county Board of Supervisors.

Stark’s role on the council could be temporary, however.

The city will hold a special election Nov. 8 to select a permanent replacement to serve the remainder of Gates’ term through 2019.

District 3 includes more than 180,000 residents and encompasses Sunnyslope, Moon Valley and parts of northeast Phoenix.

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