The Seattle City Council selected eight finalists Monday to temporarily fill the seat vacated earlier this month by former Councilmember Sally Clark.

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The Seattle City Council selected eight finalists Monday as it seeks to temporarily fill the seat former Councilmember Sally Clark vacated earlier this month.

The vote was unanimous to shortlist Jan Drago, Noel Frame, Sharon Lee, Sharon Maeda, David Moseley, John Okamoto, Sheley Secrest and Alec Stephens.

Council President Tim Burgess said each of the eight had been nominated by at least different three council members. The appointee will serve through the end of 2015.

The council began accepting applications for the vacancy on April 3, the day after Clark announced she’d be leaving City Hall to join the University of Washington as its director of regional and community relations. There were 44 applications.

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The finalists will make presentations and answer questions at a meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, during which the council will hear comments from the public.

Members of the public may also submit comments at council@seattle.gov or by phoning the council, which will make its selection to fill Clark’s seat next Monday by majority vote.

The council’s nine seats are each up for grabs this year.

Clark’s vacant seat is Position 9. When the application process began, Burgess said he thought the council should appoint an “experienced caretaker,” someone who was not seeking election in 2015.

The finalists include several veteran government and nonprofit leaders.

Jan Drago is a former council member who in 2010 temporarily filled a vacant seat on the Metropolitan King County Council. She runs a consulting firm.

Noel Frame directs Progressive Majority Washington, which recruits and trains candidates for elected office.

Sharon Lee is the longtime executive director of the Seattle-based Low Income Housing Institute, which develops and operates affordable-housing projects. Lee might be the most aggressive of the finalists. She said Monday the council needs to act swiftly to protect people of color from being priced out of Seattle.

Sharon Maeda recently retired after working most recently for 21 Progress, a nonprofit that works with young adults and immigrants, and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 21.

David Moseley headed the Washington State Ferries system from 2008 to 2014. He previously worked in Seattle government and was the city manager of Federal Way.

John Okamoto is a former Seattle, Port of Seattle and Washington State Department of Transportation leader who led the Washington Education Association from 2008 to 2014 and who came out of retirement last year to serve as interim director of the Seattle Human Services Department.

Sheley Secrest is a policy analyst at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and a former president of the Seattle-King County NAACP.

Alec Stephens is a retired lawyer who managed diversity programs at Sound Transit for many years and who has sat on the city’s parks-levy oversight committee.

In addition to Drago, two other former council members sought the vacancy. Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application last week. Heidi Wills wasn’t picked as a finalist.

David Yeaworth, who previously worked as an aide to Clark, and Howard Wright, a businessman and co-owner of the Space Needle, also didn’t make the cut.

Clark chaired the council’s housing committee before she resigned. Mayor Ed Murray has a task force scheduled to issue recommendations next month on housing affordability, so the appointee will likely focus on housing issues.

Information in this article, originally published April 20, 2015, was corrected April 21, 2015. A previous version of this story gave an incorrect time for Friday’s meeting during which council applicants will make presentations.