By Brandi Makuski
Area resident Heidi Oberstadt has been elected by the City Council to fill a vacancy in District 4.
Oberstadt was one of three applicants for the seat. School Board Member Sam Levin also applied by withdrew his name from consideration.
Resident Bryan Worzella applied for the seat shortly before Monday’s Council meeting.
The Council was unmoved by Worzella’s lack of experience in public service, voting for Oberstadt’s upbeat optimism by a count of 7-1.
Oberstadt moved to Stevens Point in 2003 and is a 2009 graduate of UWSP with degrees in music education. Her past involves work with Trout Unlimited, where she was contracted to promote female membership within the group. She also owns Photographic Memories by The Oberstadts with her husband.
Oberstadt said she is passionate about water conservation.
“Being about to talk to the people of my district would really be an awesome opportunity for me,” she said. “I’d love to better diversify our City Council by representing the 20-something crowd.”
Oberstadt said she had never attended a Council meeting in person, but has watched them on the city’s website.
The District 4 vacancy was created when Mike Wiza was elected as mayor in April. Oberstadt fills the seat through next April’s election.