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Ex-fiance of former Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield applying for his seat

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The ex-fiance of former Superior City Councilor Graham Garfield, who resigned on May 4, says she plans on applying for his now open seat on the Council.

Kara Schmidt, who is the chair of the Douglas County Democrats, told KBJR 6 that she's always wanted to run for public office and felt now was the right time. 

"Well, after everything I've gone through in the last month, I definitely knew I wanted to use it to fuel me to do some good," Schmidt said, "I've always been someone who has had civic engagement and good citizenship at the core of my values and so this opportunity came up and I thought, 'why not?' I probably would have run for the seat if Graham hadn't, so I figure know was a good time to emerge back into the public and do some good."

Schmidt says she is no longer engaged to Graham Garfield, who was arrested in April for an alleged domestic dispute involving Schmidt. 

"If selected, I would hope that it [being on the Council] would break the silence for those who [are suffering from domestic violence]," Schmidt said, "When you break the silence when something bad like that happens to you, it gives permission to someone else to break the silence in their life situation. So, I really would hope that it would empower other survivors of domestic violence to do what is right for them, to heal, and also know that they're not alone. I would hope that the community focus less on my experience with domestic violence and more on the progressive platform that I have."

The Council decided Tuesday to start taking applications for Garfield's position.

Each applicant must collect 20 signatures of support by May 31. Schmidt says she hopes to have those signatures in the next week. 

The City Council will appoint the position to the person they find most fit on June 6. That person will be a temporary Superior City Councilor.

There will be a special election for the post in 2018.

Garfield has not been convicted of any crime.

He faces four charges and is due in court for arraignment May 26.

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