It appears as if Solana Beach may have a council election this year.
Rather than hold an election, the Solana Beach City Council opted to appoint council candidates in 2014. There were only two open seats on the council and only two people filed paperwork, then incumbent Mike Nichols and newcomer Ginger Marshall.
This year there are three open seats on the council. Mayor David Zito, Deputy Mayor Peter Zahn and Councilwoman Lesa Heebner’s terms end in December.
As of July 26, no one has filed nomination documents, but seven people have pulled papers. These include incumbents Zito and Zahn, as well as Jewel Edson, who serves on the city’s View Assessment Commission; Judy Hegenauer, who serves on the Climate Action Commission; Chris Hohn, who serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission; Daniel Powell, who ran for council in 2012; and Matt Weaver.
Everyone but Powell and Weaver has filed candidate intention statements, which means they intend to solicit or spend campaign funds.
Nomination papers have been available from the City Clerk since July 18. The deadline for filing nomination papers is Aug. 12. The general election is Nov. 8, 2016.