John Suchanec

John Suchanec, seen here talking to a voter outside the polling place, was elected to the District 1 council seat July 20.

The swearing-in of Newark’s newest councilman has been delayed for more than two weeks.

John Suchanec, who was elected July 20, was scheduled to be sworn in during a brief ceremony July 29. Now, the ceremony will take place at the beginning of the Aug. 16 council meeting.

There is no meeting Aug. 2, but Suchanec will miss the regularly scheduled council meeting on Aug. 9, when council is expected to vote on a proposal to replace the Super 8 motel on Main Street with a five-story building containing 56 apartments and retail space.

City spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said the delay is due to a scheduling conflict for Suchanec. The councilman-elect didn’t return a request for comment but said earlier this month that he had a previously planned family vacation to Maine.

Suchanec defeated Christina MacMillan 378 to 210 in the District 1 special election to fill the seat vacated by James Horning Jr., who resigned in May. He will serve out the remainder of Horning’s term, which ends in April 2023.

A longtime resident of Tanglewood Lane in Nottingham Manor, Suchanec previously served on city council from 1979 to 1987.

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