ANTIOCH -- The City Council will remain one member short for the next few months, as city leaders this week decided not to fill a seat left vacant by the death of Gary Agopian.

Antioch will forego appointing a replacement because there are only five scheduled meetings before the Nov. 6 election.

By the time applications were solicited from the public and an appointment was made, that person would likely hold office for only two meetings, City Manager Steve Duran said.

Agopian died July 28 after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. Antioch council meetings have had four members in attendance since late June, as Agopian's worsening condition prevented him from attending.

Antioch leaders have appointed residents to the council twice since 2008, both times to fill the remaining two-year terms of council members who were elected mayor.

Council members Tony Tiscareno and Monica Wilson said it is too close to the election and would be unfair to the large field of candidates seeking office.

There are eight candidates in the Antioch City Council race: Steven Bado, Karl Dietzel, Diane Gibson-Gray, Jeffrey Hall-Cottrell, Lori Ogorchock, Anthony Segovia, Lamar Thorpe and Tiscareno.

Tiscareno was appointed in 2012 to fill the vacancy left when then-councilman Wade Harper was elected mayor.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.



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