Library advocate and medical researcher George Cianciolo passed on a run for Penny Rich’s vacated Town Council seat this week.
Cianciolo said former Council member Sally Greene talked with him last week, but he didn’t want to say anything until she made her announcement. It’s important that Rich’s replacement be a woman and also have the experience to hit the ground running, and there’s no one more suitable for the job, he said.
“It’s going to be a very important year,” Cianciolo said. “It helps that Sally is so experienced, because there is less of a learning curve.”
Greene served on the council from 2003 to 2011 and has been a strong advocate for social justice, affordable housing and the homeless.
She said Rich’s departure “leaves a great void on the council."
Other potential applicants include pastor and former teacher Maria Palmer, mortgage lender Jon DeHart and Southern Village resident and council watcher Gary Kahn.