TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Tampa City Council has chosen Lynn Hurtak to fill the seat left vacant after John Dingfelder’s resignation.

Hurtak will be the only woman on the council after she is sworn in at the April 7 meeting. She’s expected to serve on the council for the next year.

Hurtak is a former member of the Charter Review Commission and is on the Variance Review Board. She replaces John Dingfelder, who resigned from the seat after allegations of him using his wife’s email to avoid public record laws surfaced.

23 people applied to fill the open position. Some came with little political experience.

“For about 50 years, I’ve lived and served all over the world with diverse cultures and countries,” said Air Force Veteran Thomas Connelly.

For some, this is a repeat of a process they’ve tried before.

“This is my fourth time seeking an interim seat on city council,” said Robert “Pete” Edwards.

Reverend Thomas Scott who has been elected to both City Council and the Hillsborough County Commission was among those who applied.

“You already know that I served on Hillsborough County Commission for ten years, served three times as chairman. You already know I’ve served on this board with some of you,” said Scott.

In the end, council members selected Hurtak, saying her experience and involvement stood out from the rest.

She hopes to bring calm to a council rocked by recent controversies.

“What separated me is that council knows me. I come in front of them to speak. I’ve sat with them on other boards and commissions,” Hurtak said.

Hurtak has prior experience on Tampa’s variance review board and the county charter review board.

She’ll be sworn in on Thursday.