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Couper Condit receives second appointment to Planning Commission
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Couper Condit was appointed on Monday to a four-year term on the Ceres Planning Commission. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Couper Condit was reappointed to the Ceres Planning Commission on Monday, Dec. 14.

He has been serving on the planning panel since April 13 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Dave Chapman. Because the term is expiring on Dec. 31, a new appointment needed to be made.

Condit was one of two applicants considered by Mayor Chris Vierra for the four-year seat. The other applicant was Angela Huerta, a Ceres resident who runs the St. Vincent de Paul Society's homeless ministries and a member of the Latino Community Roundtable.

Mayor Chris Vierra said the city didn't advertise the position since it had two applicants. He spoke to Huerta and Condit.

"I think he's done an excellent job in the time he's been there," said Mayor Vierra. "In fact he participates in quite a lot of different things and I think his input and guidance on the General Plan update will be something very valuable for the city."

Ceres resident Len Shepherd applauded the decision, saying "this young man is outstanding." He said Condit "has his head on his shoulders and is headed in the right direction and I think he's going to head us in the right direction."

As a commissioner, Condit will be helping to update the general plan which was last tweaked in 1997. The panel also decides on a myriad of land use issues and project approvals.

Couper comes from a very political family. He is the son of Chad and Helen Condit of Ceres and grandson of former Congressman Gary Condit. Chad Condit ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012. His mother is the district director for State Senator Anthony Cannella.

Condit graduated from Modesto High School in 2014 and is currently attending Modesto Junior College with his sights on studying law. He has been a community representative for state Senator Anthony Cannella and Supervisor Dick Monteith.

The appointment received a 5-0 vote. The vote was the first vote for Mike Kline as vice mayor.