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Don Mosier takes a swing at the old City Hall during a demolition event earlier this year. The two-term Del Mar councilman won’t be on the dais in the new building as he recently announced he will not run for re-election in November. File photo by Bianca Kaplanek
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Candidates aplenty for council races

REGION — The Del Mar and Solana Beach city councils will have new faces in December, with at least one incumbent in each city not seeking re-election in November.

In Del Mar, Don Mosier said after eight years on council and six on the Design Review Board it’s time to step down from public service. He is currently on vacation and wasn’t available for additional comments.

Lesa Heebner recently announced she is not running after three terms on the dais in Solana Beach, saying 12 years is “the perfect amount of time for me.”

The deadline for candidates to submit paperwork is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. If any incumbent does not file by then the nomination period is extended to Aug. 17 — the apparent scenario in Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Sitting council members who don’t submit completed paperwork by the earlier deadline cannot file after that.

In Del Mar, nine people pulled papers, but at press time on Aug. 10 only current Mayor Sherryl Parks, who is seeking a second term, Jim Benedict, Ellen Haviland and Karen Powell had officially filed.

Other potential candidates who have until Aug. 17 to submit the required paper work are former Councilman David Druker, Barry Entous, Greg Rothnem and T. Patrick Stubbs.

Incumbent Al Corti, who would be seeking a second term, must file by Aug. 12. At press time he had still not made a decision.

Most of the potential candidates currently serve on one of the city’s many advisory committees.

Druker spent 151 consecutive months on the City Council, making him the longest continuously serving elected official in city history when he opted to not run for re-election in 2008.

In Solana Beach, 12 residents picked up the necessary paperwork but at press time only Mayor Dave Zito, who is seeking a second term, and Edward Siegel had filed.

Matthew Barker-Benfield, Mary Kay Bier, Michael Dunford, Jewel Edson, Judy Hegenauer, Chris Hohn, Daniel Powell, Roman Skripus and Matt Weaver took out nomination forms.

Skripus and Weaver, however, have stated they do not plan to file. Incumbent Councilman Peter Zahn pulled papers but at press time had not filed.

Zahn, who would be seeking a second term, has until Friday to return the required documents.

“Our City Council is stagnant. Just watch a meeting,” Siegel said when asked why he is running. “We need a greater sense of community.

“The council and city staff have a habit of being rude to me and patronizing to many others,” added Siegel, founder of the city’s annual sing-along. “I love Solana Beach and want to do a better job than the council in being an ambassador for the community.”

1 comment

Lynn Salsberg August 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm

A campaign song !

“Ed’s the Guy We’ll Choose to Lead Us ”
( to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy )

Ed’s the guy we’ll choose to lead us ,
” Vote for Ed ” this time around!
A real true voice that our Council needs,
And he comes with a civic City Song,
For forty years he’s been a leader,
He has chaired our Public Arts,
Chaired our Parks and Recreation bring new ideas
Vote Ed ! He’s been here from the start!

Our choice for balance, local spirit, and pride.!!!

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