Felsing fills open seat on Saxonburg council
For the second time since he was elected in 2007, Saxonburg Councilman David Felsing has been appointed to a vacancy on the board after losing in the general election.
Felsing, 59, was appointed to a two-year council term on Jan. 6.
The seat opened when Pam Bauman resigned to become Saxonburg's mayor.
Council president Carol Neubert said they chose Felsing because of his experience.
“He has been on council. David has a wonderful memory; he remembers what goes on,” she said. Two others submitted letters of interest for the position, she said.
“We were impressed with both of them, but David won because he had the experience,” Neubert said.
Felsing lost his first re-election bid in 2011. That year, Felsing and Bauman ran for a two-year seat and a four-year seat. She won both and chose the four-year term.
Council appointed Felsing to the two-year term.
In the November election, Felsing came in fifth among four people running for four seats on council.
“I just chalked it up to the fact that it's a predominantly Republican town,” he said. “All the Republicans got their names on (the ballot) first. I was the last one on the list.”
He is one of two Democrats on council. The other is Vice President Patricia Rinebolt.
Felsing said he applied to fill the vacant seat because he wanted to continue his work on council.
“I feel there are things I was involved in that are started but not finished, like (improving) the second half of Main Street and trying to get more business to come into town,” he said. “I don't like leaving things unfinished.”
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.