For the first time in local history the city will have all five of the current City Council members running for election in some way. Four candidates will be on the ballot for the mayor position, with current councilmembers Dominic Farinha and Sheree Lustgarten hoping to unseat the incumbent Luis Molina who is finishing his second term as mayor.
If that doesn’t add enough variety to the mayoral option, don’t forget that long time area resident Ralph Arredondo has thrown his hat into the ring as well.
Candidates running for the two open City Council seats are Troy McMahon, Dennis McCord, Carlos Gustavo Fierros, John T. Stobb, Deborah Novelli and Larry K. Buehner. Novelli and Buehner are the incumbents.
Candidates for the Del Puerto Health Care Board are incumbents Harold Hill and Steven Pittson and Pattersonite Donna Sesock-Miller. The deadline for that race was extended to Wednesday,.
While we here at the Irrigator wish to remind the community that we won’t be endorsing candidates again this year. That doesn’t mean, however, that we won’t be keeping a close eye on the candidates, their issues and their concerns.
We will strive to report on the issues as thoroughly as possible in order to give you, the community, the information you will need in order to make an informed decision come November.
While the reported information should help in your decision making process, it shouldn’t be your only source.
Go to a City Council meeting; stay until the end; see for yourself who is making informed comments; pay attention to how well the candidates work with or without each other.
Ask candidates why they are running, who their supporters are and what their motives in bettering the city are based upon. You may be surprised to find out that some candidates may have been asked by others to run, while others are running on their own grass-roots campaings.
There couldn’t be a better time to get more involved in monitoring city politics. With the recent rift left from departing City Manager Rod Butler, along with the inevitable change of face on the City Council, the fate of the community is more at stake now than it ever has been.