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Salt Lake City Council seeks replacement to take over west-side seat

District 2 council member Andrew Johnston is stepping down to direct homelessness policy and outreach.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Salt Lake Tribune file photo) Andrew Johnston, joined by his wife, Clarisa, was sworn in as District 2 Councilman by City Recorder Cinci Mansell during inauguration ceremonies at Salt Lake City Hall on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Johnston announced last week that he would resign his council seat to serve as the city's homelessness policy and outreach director.

Salt Lake City seeks applicants to represent City Council District 2 as council member Andrew Johnston departs to become the mayor’s director of homelessness policy and outreach.

Interested residents can submit applications to the Recorder’s Office starting Monday, April 26. The applications are due by noon May 10.

The council will select a candidate to serve until Jan. 3, 2022.

Voters in District 2 — which includes Glendale, Poplar Grove, Fairpark and other southwestern neighborhoods in the city — then will select someone to serve the remaining two years of Johnston’s term, which expires in 2024, at the municipal election in November.

To be eligible, applicants must be registered to vote in Salt Lake City, have resided in District 2 — which covers the southwest corner of the capital — for 12 consecutive months and meet criminal background requirements.

Johnston announced Friday that he would resign his council position to serve in the city’s homelessness outreach role. He officially gave the recorder notice of his departure Tuesday, which gives the council 30 days to select a replacement.

For more information on the replacement process, visit the Salt Lake City Council website.

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