Ballot Finalized for Santa Monica City Council Election

See who's running for City Council Nov. 6.

Fourteen Santa Monica residents have qualified as City Council candidates in the November election, when there are four seats open.

The ballot was finalized Tuesday. To qualify, each candidate submitted nominations from 100 registered voters in the city.

The field includes two incumbents, two city commissioners, two attorneys, two journalists, two perennial candidates, a policy advisor, business owner, entertainment consultant and community volunteer.

Their terms are up, but Bobby Shriver and Richard Bloom—who is seeking to represent the Westside in the California Assembly—are not seeking reelection.

Incumbent Terry O'Day's name will appear first on the ballot, followed by: John Cyrus Smith (teacher/journalist/producer); Bob Seldon (attorney); Ted Winterer (Planning Commissioner); Shari Davis (non-profit policy advisor); Gleam Olivia Davis (incumbent); Steve Duron (attorney); Tony Vazquez (business owner); Roberto Gomez (community volunteer); Frank Gruber (journalist); Richard McKinnon (corporate advisor ): Jonathan Mann (teacher); Jerry Peace Activist Rubin (no ballot designation); and Terence Later (entertainment consultant).

McKinnon also sits on the city's Planning Commission.

Mann and names will be familiar to anyone who has voted in Santa Monica in the past decade.

Though Vazquez is not an incumbent, he is a former City Council member, and the only Latino elected to body.

Winterer is running .

Gruber threw his hat in the ring after for the Santa Monica LookOut.

Shari Davis with incumbent Gleam Davis.

Gomez appears to be running on one issue alone, preventing the if it is developed.

The number of candidates compares to prior elections. They are held every two years, with four seats up for grabs every four years.

Residents have until 15 days before the Nov. 6 election to register to vote.

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Beth Leder-Pack August 25, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Santa Monica is fortunate to have so many well-qualified candidates. Democracy is alive and well in the People's Republic!


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