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Former council member will fill short-term vacancy in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — A veteran of Port Richey politics has been appointed to fill a short-term vacancy on the City Council.

The council on Tuesday appointed former council member Phyllis Grae to temporarily fill the seat of Bill Colombo, who has been serving as acting mayor since the July death of former Mayor Eloise Taylor.

As directed by the charter, the council had to fill Colombo's seat while he takes up Taylor's duties until an Oct. 13 special election picks a new mayor. After the election, Colombo will return to his seat on council. Grae was one of three candidates who vied for the seat. Council member Terry Rowe made failed motions to nominate the other two, Richard Melton and Pat Rogers, before the council settled on Grae, a Sand Pebble resident.

"I will ask questions and get answers. That's my nature," Grae told the council prior to her nomination.

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