Northport interviews for vacant District 3 Council seat

Northport City Council is in the process of interviewing seven candidates for the vacant District 3 seat. That seat was left open after former District 3 Council Member John Hinton replaced Bobby Herndon as mayor after Herndon resigned effective Dec. 31.

During interviews Friday, the seven candidates explained why they believe they’re the best candidate to represent District 3. Hinton said he hopes to find a candidate who will work for and represent the people of District 3.

“I think the most important thing is having a servant’s attitude. You are really there to help the people. You are there to help the district,” Hinton said.

Northport is growing , and Hinton said he wants a candidate who can be part of a bigger team.

“It could be that you won’t please everyone with every decision, but I think if you have a servant’s attitude and you try to help the district and help the people with their problems, to me that’s the most satisfying part of the job,” said Hinton.

District 1 Council Member Christy Bobo said it’s important that the council picks someone who matches the enthusiasm current members already have.

“I think the most important thing to me in who we are looking for is a person that fits in with our group, someone who is going to do what’s best for Northport overall,” said Bobo.

Northport has 90 days to fill the vacant seat. If they can’t decide on a candidate, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will step in and appoint someone.

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