Six vie for Grass Valley City Council spots
Senior Staff Writer
The horse race for Grass Valley City Council is now official, with six candidates vying for three seats in the Nov. 4 election.
No new candidates filed in the extended nomination period that started at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 and ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to City Clerk Kristi Bashor.
Voters will now choose at large among candidates Vice Mayor Lisa Swarthout, incumbent Councilwoman Jan Arbuckle, former planning commissioner and contractor Terry Lamphier, title company employee Yolanda Cookson, theater worker Rachel Rue and Ed Yarborough.
Yarborough filed no biographical information with the city, Bashor said. He refused to speak with The Union by phone about his candidacy last week and sent a note Aug. 7 stating he would take questions only by letter.
The full slate of candidates is exactly what Mayor Mark Johnson wanted when he announced in late July that he would not run again this year. The normal filing date for office was last Friday, but it was extended by state law to 5 p.m. Wednesday because the incumbent Johnson chose not to run.
Arbuckle will run in her first election after being appointed in January 2007 to replace Dean Williams, who resigned unexpectedly citing personal reasons. Cookson and Rue also applied for the open seat at that time, but were not selected out of a field of 11 candidates.
Johnson was elected in 2004 and has served as mayor the past two years. He said he would run for City Council again in the future, noting he also served four years during the 1990s.
The three winners will join council members Chauncey Poston and Dan Miller, who were elected in 2006 after incumbents Gerard Tassone and Patti Ingram decided to not run again.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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