Video: Community sets its priorities for District 2 City Council seat

State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins facilitates East Side Town HallJust a week after District 2 Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw announced his resignation, 10 people announced their willingness to fill the seat at the conclusion of a town hall where the community drove the priorities.

About 80 people attended a town hall Dec. 22, 2018 on the East Side to discuss priorities for the incoming council person, who will take office after Shaw officially steps down on Jan. 7, four months before the end of his first term in office. The community priorities include affordable housing, property taxes, jobs, criminal justice reform, community and economic development, among others.

State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, said she moderated the event because, “I believe that the voice of the people is important.”

While City Council representatives will make the final decision about who will fill the seat in the interim, Gervin-Hawkins said she thinks they’ll take the community’s concerns into account.

Watch the community meeting here:

At the end of the forum, 11 people who signed up were given 90 seconds each to introduce themselves. The speakers were, in order of appearance: Dereck Hillyer,  Stephen Lucky, Walter Perry, Chris Dawkins, Liz Franklin, Denise Gutierrez Homer, Dan Martinez,  Lester Bryant, Ba'Ron Head, Rose Hill.

Watch the candidates introduce themselves:

At the upcoming town hall candidate forum, they’ll have plenty of time to address specific issues.

The second town hall candidate forum will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Dominion Church of God in Christ, located at 3023 Martin Luther King Drive. NOWCastSA will be recording video of the event.

The last opportunity to submit an official application for the position is 5 p.m. Jan. 4 at  to the Office of the City Clerk located at 114 W. Commerce Street or via email at Click  here to see other requirements for the application.