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David Bobzien chosen for Reno City Council

Members of the Reno City Council have unanimously selected Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien as their newest member, filling the at-large seat left vacant when Hillary Schieve was elected mayor last month.

They made the decision Wednesday night after spending several hours interviewing their top six candidates. The original pool of applicants topped seventy people.

Bobzien has represented Assembly District 24 since 2006. That district covers downtown Reno, along with several other sections of the city.

The council voted unanimously to use an appointment process for this open seat rather than having a general election based on voter approval.

The council has seen several recent changes with the addition of its newest members Naomi Duerr and Paul McKenzie, who were sworn in last month, along with the conclusion of Bob Cashell's 12-year tenure as mayor.

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.