You thought there were only 36 candidates vying for that vacant Wilmington City Council seat. Make it 37; and they all had a chance to introduce themselves at Tuesday night's marathon city council meeting. All but one of the 37 applicants spoke at the city council meeting - one after another, after another. So what is so glamorous about this job anyway? "Absolutely nothing. I don't think they know what they're in for and all the emails you get on a daily basis, and the phone calls and the names you're going to be called," said Jason Thompson. They are also in for $10,670 in pay, a $350 a month car allowance, a laptop and fax, $50 a month for cell phone calls, and city insurance benefits. Regardless of their reason for applying for the seat, the city council hopefuls put their best foot forward to state their case to the council. “That’s a lot of people that want to take my spot, so maybe I wasn't doing such a good job. So many people trying to get me out," said Thompson. Mayor Bill Saffo said, "I said, ‘Wow’ and I couldn't believe it, but I think it's great for our community." Justin Lanasa ended up being added to the list Tuesday night, after confusion with his application, so he makes the count 37. Mayor Saffo said he is trying to keep an open mind, but would like to see somebody with a public service background. "It demonstrates to me that somebody cares enough to do other things in the community, not just running for city council, wanting to be appointed to city council," said Saffo. Thompson added, "This is only for the short term, then you have to do the real work, which is running for the office." And a word of parting advice from the man who knows best - "I'd make your home phone number unpublished," said Thompson. After hours of listening to the applicants, city council members will each choose their top four picks. They will make their final decision, based on that shorter list, in December.
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