Northfield Democrats announced David Devine as their candidate to run for the unexpired 1st Ward City Council seat vacated by Republican Council President Lisa Brown at the end of June.

There will be a special election in November to determine whether Devine or Republican Nicholas Piergiovanni will serve in Brown’s seat until the term ends at the end of 2014. Brown resigned after she moved out of the 1st Ward.

Brown’s seat is being filled temporarily by Republican Chairman Dennis Mahon.

Devine is a 20-year-resident of Northfield, the father of three and the owner of Devine Construction Co., said Councilman Frank Perri, a Democrat who holds one of the two other 1st Ward seats on council.

Earlier this month, the Northfield Republican Committee announced Piergiovanni would run for Brown’s seat. He was an account manager at Southco and a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Perri, who is running for an at-large council seat in November, said his party is excited about a unique opportunity to get control of the seven-member council, which currently has six Republicans.

“We have the opportunity to take four seats and, if I take an at-large seat, then five Democrats could potentially be in council,” he said. “There’s been a good many years since that was the case.”

Perri is running against Republican Jim O'Neill, who is currently a 2nd Ward councilman. The winner will vacate his current ward seat, creating the need to fill that position. The loser will remain as a ward representative for two more years.

Perri said the Democrats feel confident in their candidates. He and Devine are joined by 1st Ward candidate Paul Utts and 2nd Ward candidate Jerry McGee.

In addition to Piergiovanni and O'Neill, the Republican candidates are Erland Chau in the 1st Ward and Greg Dewees in the 2nd.

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