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Allen seeks appointment to Langley council

A candidate on November's ballot for the Langley City Council is now also in the running for an appointed seat on the council.

Bruce Allen filed an application for the vacant Position 5 seat on Monday. He joins retired Langley physician Doug Allderdice, who has also submitted an application packet to the city, as a candidate for the post.

If the council appoints Allen to the Position 5 seat, it would be a shortcut of sorts for the political newcomer.

Allen was one of three candidates in August's Primary Election for Position 4 on the council, a seat now held by Robert Waterman. Waterman earlier announced he would not seek another term.

Thomas Gill pulled in the most votes for Position 4 in the three-way primary race on Aug. 16, edging Allen and Jonathon Moses. As the pair with the most votes in the primary, Allen and Gill will appear on the November ballot.

The winner of the November race for Position 4 will take office in January.

Council members will pick a replacement for Robert Gilman — who resigned from Position 5 on Aug. 1 — at their meeting on Sept. 19. That appointee will take an immediate seat on the council.

Allen could not immediately be reached for comment early Monday.

In his application packet, Allen noted his extensive volunteer work in Langley and stressed the need for the council to work collaboratively on common goals.

Allen, 70, retired at the rank of command sergeant major after 30 years in the Army. He was also a department manager for Safeway and is currently working at Mo's Pub in Langley.

The deadline for candidate applications is 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

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