Jose Lupe Gonzalez was named to the vacant South Sioux City city council seat Monday evening after a nomination by Mayor Rod Koch and a 6-1 vote by the city council.
Jason Bowman was the lone dissent.
Gonzalez, 44, was one of eight applicants for the position which was vacated by Oscar Gomez in May after Gomez was named assistant city administrator.
Gonzalez had previously filed for the mayor's race during this election cycle.
“The (city council) seat came up and I thought I'd go for that and learn more about city government before I potentially take that next leap,” Gonzalez explained. “I think this would be a better option for me at the moment.”
He said he is interested in running for mayor at some point in the future, after getting more experience.
Gonzalez, who owns Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant and just recently coached the South Sioux City High School boys soccer team to a state championship, said he is interested in making the South Sioux City community more appealing to young professionals.
Mayor Rod Koch said he nominated Gonzalez, his former opponent in the mayor's race, for the position because of his credentials and community involvement.
“I think he's a good fit,” Koch said. “I think his credentials help us build a strong council.”
Because Gomez was city council president before vacating his seat, the city council also unanimously named Dennis Nelson as the new city council president Monday night.