MARYSVILLE — Kamille Norton was appointed to serve in the Position 7 seat on the Marysville City Council during the Council’s Feb. 25 meeting, after she and eight other candidates for the position were interviewed by the existing six Council members that same evening.
During the Feb. 11 City Council meeting at which Norton and her fellow Council candidates introduced themselves to the Council and the members of the general public in attendance, she described herself as “a mom who cares about her community and her children,” with passions for “liberties and sound fiscal policy.”
Norton is an active community volunteer who serves on the city’s Civil Service Commission and Salary Commission, and is director and founder of Marysville Select Girls Basketball.
During the Feb. 25 City Council meeting, Norton and her fellow Council candidates were sequestered until they could receive the same questions that each Council member asked each candidate, starting with Steve Muller, who asked Norton whether she’d ever been part of a group decision in which the majority of the group did not share her views.
“I have taken part in processes that did not result in decisions that I fully supported,” Norton said. “Even if the majority doesn’t agree with you, you have to respect the process.”
When Michael Stevens asked Norton how she hoped to fulfill the city’s vision statement of Marysville as a play to live, work and play, Norton promised to preserve the community’s quality of life, which her own children enjoy through city Recreation Department activities ranging from Touch-A-Truck to the Easter Egg Hunt.
Norton told Jeff Seibert that the primary economic issue facing Marysville in the coming year is the city’s efforts to make itself more attractive to businesses, and to that end, Norton told Donna Wright that she was not inclined to support the business and occupation tax.
“I think your hearts are in the right place,” Norton said when Jeff Vaughan asked her opinion of the current City Council.
While Norton was one of four nominees — alongside Scott Allen, Roger Hoen and Iris Lilly — out of the nine Council candidates, Norton received the votes of Muller, Seibert, Wright, Vaughan and fellow Council member Rob Toyer, while Stevens voted for Allen, thereby giving Norton more than the four-vote majority she needed to be appointed. The final vote to approve Norton’s appointment was unanimous among all six existing Council members.
Norton will need to file for office in the next general municipal elections in November if she wishes to retain her seat, and if elected, she would fulfill the remainder of the four-year term of the position, which ends on Dec. 31, 2015.