Del Mar and Solana Beach city council elections may not be held

By Kristina Houck

Del Mar and Solana Beach voters might not have an opportunity to vote for their local officials in November.

Although both city councils will each have at least one new face by the end of this year as the current mayors said they will not seek re-election, only two candidates from both cities filed paperwork by the close of the extended nomination period at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13. There are only two open seats in both cities.

In Del Mar, Mayor Lee Haydu said she would not seek a second term due to personal reasons.

Councilman Terry Sinnott, who was elected in 2010, is seeking a second term. Dwight Worden is also running for election. Worden served as Del Mar’s city attorney from 1977 to 1983.

In Solana Beach, Mayor Thomas Campbell said he would not seek a sixth term following his re-election in 2010.

Councilman Mike Nichols, who was first elected to the council in 2006, is seeking a third term. Ginger Marshall is also running for election. Marshall is a realtor with Allison James Estates & Homes.

The deadline to file nomination papers was Aug. 8, but was extended by five days because both incumbents did not file.

Because there are two seats for elected office and there are only two qualified nominees, both councils have until Aug. 21 to decide whether to appoint the candidates and cancel the election. If the councils take no action, then the elections will be held.