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The Santa Monica City Council nomination period closed 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15.
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The Santa Monica City Council nomination period closed 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Race Likely To Feature 17 Candidates

Posted Aug. 15, 2012, 10:33 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

The Nov. 6 ballot for the Santa Monica City Council race is likely to feature a field of 17 candidates after the nomination period closed at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Twelve candidates are officially on the ballot after the LA County Registrar office verified they had at least 100 registered Santa Monica voters sign each of their petitions.

These candidates are John Cyrus Smith, Jerry Rubin, Steve Duron, Frank Gruber, Gleam Davis, Shari Davis, Ted Winterer, Robert Seldon, Terry O’Day, Tony Vazquez, Terence Later, and Jonathan Mann.

Five others candidates filed their petitions before Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. deadline and will be verified in the coming days. They are Michael Shaver, Linda Armstrong, Roberto Gomez, and Armen Melkonians, and Richard McKinnon.

In total, there were 20 candidates who pulled papers from the Santa Monica City Clerk's office.

The three candidates who did not return signed petitions by Wednesday’s deadline were Steven Senft, Jon Beau Lee, and Fred Lotterly.

There are four open seats: two held by incumbents Gleam Davis and Terry O'Day. The other two seats are currently held by Mayor Richard Bloom who is running for the 50th Assembly District and Bobby Shriver who chose not to seek re-election.

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Aug. 16, 2012, 2:49:06 am

Jerry Rubin said...

As candidates, let's pledge to run a clean and respectful campaign, a campaign that is absent of personal attacks, while maximizing civility, discussion and debate. Congratulations to all the candidates!

Aug. 16, 2012, 4:00:22 am

Peter Altschuler said...

Instead, why not take a public stand against third party mailings that affiliate candidates with causes they don't support, candidates for other offices they haven't endorsed, and organizations that don't really exist. That was a significant factor in the last election that had a measurable effect on the results. Now, if we can just get the electorate to make sure they have the actual facts before they get to the polls, it might change the developer-friendly make-up of the Council and elect members whose first concerns are the existing residents, the character of their communities, and the negative impact of increasing density.

Aug. 16, 2012, 5:23:07 am

Ron said...

The excessive numbers guarantee certainly that the two never-elected "incumbents" will win. They will have the glistening brochures and the support of the people in the trough: police, fire, city bureaucrats who know a good thing. And, of course, all those who want to build more and more.

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