CORNING | The Corning City Republican Committee has unanimously voted to select Michele Beckman as its choice to fill the soon-to-be vacant 2nd Ward Council seat.

Councilman Lee Welles, D-2, has resigned from the position effective March 31.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and I am excited to be a candidate,” Beckman said. “Corning is a wonderful city to live in and we have so many opportunities for growth in the future.”

Beckman said the transformation of the old hospital site will bring new activity to the neighborhood.

“I want to be part of guiding these positive changes,” she said.

Beckman, who is married with two children, has been a resident of the 2nd Ward for many years. She is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Cazenovia College and is a strategic planning supervisor at Corning Inc.

“I’m so happy that Michele is willing to put her name forward for this position” said city GOP Chairman Joe Sempolinski. “Her background in strategic planning is just what this city needs to move forward. She will bring a keen business mind and decades of experience in completing major projects to City Hall.”

Sempolinski said with the major changes coming to the 2nd Ward, it could not be a better time to have a person of Beckman's background on the council.

“She was the unanimous choice of the Republican committee and will be the best choice both for the appointment by the council and in the special election in November,” Sempolinski said.

The Corning City Democratic Committee has named Kate Paterson as its designee to replace Welles.

The City Council will appoint one of the candidates to fill the post for the remainder of 2016. A special election will be held in November to fill the remainder of Welles’ term.