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Ballots appear to be crowded for Del Mar, Solana Beach councils

Del Mar Councilman Al Corti and Mayor Sherryl Parks have pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council.
Del Mar Councilman Al Corti and Mayor Sherryl Parks have pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council.
(Kristina Houck)

It looks like the county’s two smallest cities are going to have crowded ballots for council this year.

There are three council members with terms that expire in both Del Mar and Solana Beach.

In Del Mar, Councilman Don Moiser has reportedly decided not to run for re-election in November.

The other two incumbents, Mayor Sherryl Parks and Councilman Al Corti, have already pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council.

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As of Aug. 9, seven other potential candidates have pulled nomination papers, including Jim Benedict, a member of the city’s finance committee; David Druker, the city’s former mayor and councilman; Barry Entous; a member of the city’s finance committee; Ellen Haviland, a member of the city’s planning commission; Karen Powell, vice president of promotions of Del Mar Village Association; Greg Rothnem, a former attorney with a background in business development; and T. Patrick Stubbs, a business owner and board member of the Del Mar Foundation.

To date, only Parks and Powell have officially filed papers.

The field has grown to 10 potential candidates for three open seats on the Solana Beach council.

Longtime Councilwoman Lesa Heebner is one of three council members with terms that expire, and she announced at the start of August that she has decided not to seek re-election.

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The other two incumbents, Mayor David Zito and Deputy Mayor Peter Zahn, have already pulled nomination papers. Both are currently serving their first terms on the council.

As of Aug. 9, eight other potential candidates have pulled nomination papers, including Matthew Barker-Benfield, a sales and marketing professional; Mary Kay Bier, a real estate broker; Michael Evan Dunford, who works with 2-1-1; Jewel Edson, a member of the city’s View Assessment Commission; Judy Hegenauer, a member of the city’s Climate Action Commission; Chris Hohn, a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission; Daniel Powell, a real estate manager and business owner who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2012; and Edward Siegel, a psychiatrist, concert pianist and leader of the weekly Solana Beach Singalong.

Roman Skripkus, an engineer, and Matt Weaver, a commercial real estate agent and co-owner of Saddle Bar, also pulled papers but have since stated that they do not plan to file them.

To date, only Zito and Siegel have officially filed papers.

The deadline for filing nomination papers for both cities is Aug. 12, but if any one incumbent does not file by then, the deadline will be extended to Aug. 17. The general election is Nov. 8, 2016.


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