By Stephanie Warsmith
Beacon Journal staff writer
Akron's new Ward 8 councilman won't be in the position for long.
Phil Montgomery will serve through this year but doesn't plan to run for election to keep the seat.
Instead, many of the 12 other candidates who applied for the vacancy are expected to battle it out in this year's election.
Council members decided this was the best option, given the high caliber of the applicants who stepped forward, said Councilwoman Tina Merlitti, who chaired the search committee.