Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

De la Isla Election Ends Trend

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

De la Isla Election Ends Trend

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Topeka City Councilwoman Michelle De La Isla's election Tuesday evening as deputy mayor ended a nine-year period in which the city had deputy mayors from all nine council districts.

De La Isla, who represents south-central Topeka's District 5, received seven votes to win the deputy mayor's seat compared to three votes for Councilwoman Karen Hiller, who represents central Topeka's District 1.

The deputy mayor typically serves a one-year term with duties that include assigning council members to committees, presiding over council meetings in the mayor's absence and chairing the council when it meets in work sessions or as a committee of the whole. De La Isla's term will be shorter than most, ending in January because of changes in the city's election process.

Speaking in support of De La Isla, Councilwoman Richard Harmon said Tuesday evening that the city hadn't had a deputy mayor from District 5 in the time Harmon had been on the council. …

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