Open Chula Vista City Council seat to be filled

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- One open seat on the Chula Vista City Council received 44 applications, but now the number has been cut down to eight.

The city will hold open public interviews Jan. 8 to determine who will be the newly appointed council member.

“I just want to share that I will be a servant of the people,” said Tom Grover, a candidate for the seat.

The process set forward by Mayor Mary Salas will give each hopeful 20 minutes to offer their best pitch for the job.

Council members will then nominate their favorite candidate. Three votes creates the new council member.

“I know it’s different, but it's probably the best way to do it,” said Mark Liuag, another candidate.

Those who have been through this process in 2009 have said it looks like a circus.