The Elkhorn City Council on Monday chose Ron Dunwiddie, a former council member, to fill the vacant 3rd District seat.

The seat was left open after former Alderman Bruce Lechner moved into another district.

The council on July 16 had selected Dunwiddie to fill the seat as an interim member. He will now hold it until the spring elections in April.

Wearing a Green Bay Packers T-shirt, Dunwiddie told the council he has lived in Elkhorn since 1984. He retired from active duty with the Army in 2002 after 22 years of service, he said.

Upon his return to Elkhorn, he ran for and won a seat on the council. He was re-elected twice, serving six years.

“I love this town,” Dunwiddie said. “I’d like to see it continue to grow.”

Dunwiddie said he was raised in Delavan and has known Elkhorn Mayor Howie Reynolds since high school.

Dunwiddie and two others, Dawn Heath and William Rogers, spoke briefly to the council Monday.

Heath spoke about her passion for helping vulnerable populations, including hungry children and those affected by human trafficking. Rogers said promoting development was a priority for him.

Council members who were eligible to vote then ranked the candidates one, two and three, with the lowest score winning.

Reynolds reminded them the post will be up for election in spring. Until then, Dunwiddie will occupy the seat.

“I’m here,” Dunwiddie said. “I was asked to help fill in. … Any time I can help out, I’m available and free to do that.”

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