Brentwood voters this November will see at least a trio of familiar names when they get set to mark their ballots in the races for mayor and City Council.
Following through on the pledge he made on election night two years ago, Mayor Bob Taylor pulled nomination papers Monday for what he hopes will be his second term. The filing period, which opened Monday, will continue until Aug. 8.
In addition to tapping Taylor in 2006, voters also doubled the mayoral term from two years to four, matching the terms of the rest of the council. That change becomes effective in this election.
I'm very blessed (to have been elected in 2006), Taylor said. I am definitely running again.
As of Wednesday, no challengers to Taylor had emerged. Former councilwomen Annette Beckstrand and Ana Gutierrez, who finished second and third, respectively, in 2006, both said they did not plan to seek office this time around.
In the City Council race, incumbents Bob Brockman and Erick Stonebarger both said this week that they would seek to retain their seats.
I've been involved with the council longer than anybody else who's sitting there, said Brockman, who was elected in 2004. I think it's important to have history (on the council). That's what keeps things level; you don't get lost trying re-create things. Brockman added that he couldn't spare the additional time away from his business required to serve as mayor. I'll have to wait until maybe next term to take a shot at mayor.
Stonebarger, who was appointed to the council when Taylor moved into the mayor's seat in 2006, said he still has things he wants to accomplish.
There's a lot going on, he said. I want to finish a few things up.
In addition to shepherding the city through the current financial crisis, the council is also directing the new Civic Center project. The project includes a new city hall, community center, library, parking structure and City Park layout, among other items. Pre-bid construction and financing documents are currently being put together for the $72 million project, and decisions about how much of the project to build and when to build it are expected to be made late this year or early 2009.
In 2006, a total of 10 candidates ran for the two council seats ultimately won by Brandon Richey and Chris Becnel. Stonebarger's appointment came as the result of his third-place finish. Gene Clare, the fourth-place finisher, said this week he did not plan to run again this year, as did Mike Hyde and Mark Underwood. The remaining four candidates could not be reached.