The Baker City Council has one vacancy to fill on its seven-member roster, but the six councilors have an excellent group of advisers from whom to draw inspiration.

Their constituents.

Baker City voters, specifically.

Little more than a month has passed since voters expressed their opinion about who they want to represent them.

Voters could pick four candidates among the 10 on the Nov. 6 ballot, and the top four were Lynette Perry, Carly Annable, Ken Gross and incumbent Randy Schiewe.

Annable, though, took a job in Western Oregon and had to withdraw.

The remaining councilors decided Tuesday to wait until January, when Perry and Gross will be sworn in, to pick Annable’s replacement. This makes sense. The two people voters elected ought to have a say in choosing who will sit beside them at City Hall.

Nor is it unreasonable for councilors, as they did Tuesday, to direct the city staff to talk to the next group of four candidates from the Nov. 6 election and solicit their interest in potentially serving on the Council.

Those four candidates, in order of the number of votes received, are Doni Bruland (958), Daryl DeMoss (951), Kevin Luckini (941) and Morgan DeCarl (896).

Although that’s a pretty narrow range -— 66 votes — the Council should appoint Bruland. She was the voters’ choice, after all.

— Jayson Jacoby, Baker City Herald editor

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