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Peoria City Council recently held a special study session and council meeting to interview one candidate for the council seat vacated by Bridget Binsbacher. Council voted unanimously to appoint Brad Shafer to the Mesquite District council seat. He was sworn in at the end of the meeting.

“Brad has been closely involved in our community for many years, serving in several volunteer capacities for the benefit of our residents,” says Mayor Cathy Carlat. “I am pleased to see that someone who is already deeply engaged as a leader in our community has stepped forward to further serve the fast-growing Mesquite District.”

Shafer was the only candidate to submit a vacancy application by the April 14 deadline. During the special study session, Shafer presented a statement to council outlining his professional and volunteer experience as well as answered questions from councilmembers. After deliberation, council voted unanimously to appoint Shafer.
Shafer brings with him experience in business, management, and leadership roles to the position. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, he has served as a member of the Peoria Planning and Zoning Commission and the chair for both the city’s Bond Advisory and Charter Review Committees. Shafer listed water conservation, smart growth, and quality of life as his areas of focus.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve my community in this new capacity,” Shafer says. “I look forward to working closely with the mayor and council and I deeply appreciate their support and confidence in me.”

Shafer will serve as the interim Mesquite District councilmember until a candidate is elected in the special election on Tuesday, November 8. For more information about the upcoming election, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 623-773-7340 or visit