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3 Finalists Chosen For Vacant Peoria City Council Seat

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From left, Kim Armstrong, James Kemper, and Kiran Velpula are the finalists for the vacant at-large seat on the Peoria City Council.

Kim Armstrong, James Kemper, and Kiran Velpula have been named the three finalists to fill the open at-large Peoria City Council seat vacated by Mayor Rita Ali.

The three were chosen out of 26 applicants for the position. The council will continue its discussion on filling the vacancy in a closed session during Tuesday's meeting, with each finalist invited for an interview.

Each candidate's application is available to the public on the City of Peoria's web site.

Armstrong is vice president of Marketing and Institutional Advancement at Illinois Central College, where Ali also works as vice president of Workforce and Diversity.

Kemper is principal for Demonica Kemper Architects, and previously ran for the 2nd District seat currently held by Chuck Grayeb.

Velpula is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, working in the departments of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery.

A vote on the appointment is tentatively set for the council's June 22 meeting; the deadline to choose the replacement is July 3.

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