Only one person so far, Wayne Bowen, chair of the history department at Southeast Missouri State University, has publicly expressed interest in replacing Ward 6 councilwoman Kathy Swan through appointment and later election when Swan leaves for the Missouri House of Representatives in just a few weeks.
No one has approached city manager Scott Meyer, Meyer said Monday. Council members have not heard of much either, but one, Ward 4 councilwoman Loretta Schneider, is attempting to reach out to potential female candidates in Ward 6, she said following Monday's meeting.
Men represent the majority on the council, and Schneider said she, Swan and Ward 2 councilwoman Meg Davis-Proffer bring a balanced approach to issues.
"I feel that in my case, since this is my thirteenth year, it shows that my opinions matter and people respect my council membership," she said. "I would like other women to know they can be valued like that, too."
There is no formal process for the council to find potential appointees to fill the seat until a special election can be held. There is also no rule that states the appointee cannot run for the seat.
Schneider said she has several people in mind she would like to see appointed or make an effort to run in Ward 6, but did not disclose their names for publication.