Five Albemarle County supervisors will go behind closed doors Wednesday to battle it out over who should take Chris Dumler's spot on the board.
Of the 10 people in the running, supervisors have their favorites but no one will say names. They include Democrats, Republican and Independents.
The hope is consensus but several supervisors fear politics will play a role in the final decision.
"It does make it more difficult to make a decision simply because everyone has their own ideas about who, among the 10 applicants, who might be a better person to fill the position," said Supervisor Dennis Rooker.
Supervisors have until July 22 to make a decision if they don't do it Wednesday. After that a judge will step in.
A special election for the position will be held in November.