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They're Off! 2012 Local Elections Officially Open

City Council race could be crowded, with at least six residents filing on Santa Monica's opening day for prospective November candidates.

There was more than handful of eager residents ready to get their campaigns revving Monday, when the filing period in the November 2012 election got underway.

The filing period officially opened Monday with at least nine residents pulling nomination papers for seats on the Santa Monica City Council, Santa Monica Rent Control Board and Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees.

More were expected to grab packets after a training session ended after City Hall closed at 5:30 p.m., but their names were not immediately available, according to the City Clerk's office.

The filing period closes Aug. 10.

So far, here are the potential candidates:

The city of Santa Monica conducts elections every two years to elect members of the City Council, Rent Control Board, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Santa Monica College District. The general election will be held Nov. 6, 2012.

To qualify for the ballot, potential candidates are required to obtain the signatures of at least 100 registered voters in Santa Monica.

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Up for grabs this year are four seats on the City Council and two on the Rent Control Board and three each on the school and college boards.

Tom hays July 17, 2012 at 02:28 AM
A strong slate that will get even stronger. I think Frank Gruber would bring unique strengths to City Council.
Lori Emerson July 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Let's PLEASE get rid of the incumbents - time for some new blood, new ideas and a LOT less development.

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