City Clerk Qualifies Six Candidates to Run for Three Seats

Among the six qualified candidates are three incumbents and a sitting Planning Commissioner.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published December 17, 2010

A list of the candidates qualified to run for the March 2011 City Council election is now available.

There are six candidates; three are incumbents seeking re-election or election to the five-member City Council. The candidates include: Temple City Mayor Fernando Vizcarra, Councilman Carl Blum, Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist, as well as Planning Commissioner Manuel “Manny” Valenzuela III, Starene Cruse, and Nicholas Lisk.

“There are three spots [on the City Council] that are needed to be filled up,” City Clerk Mary Flandrick said,” and there are six candidates.”

Vizcarra was elected to the City Council nearly four years ago, while Sternquist and Blum were each appointed to the City Council after sitting councilmembers resigned. Sternquist replaced former Councilman David Capra in 2009. Blum replaced former Councilwoman Judy Wong.

Valenzuela was appointed by the City Council to serve on the Planning commission in 2009 after then-Planning Commissioner Sternquist resigned to take office as councilmember.

There are two newcomers, Cruse and Lisk.

According to the City Clerk, all six candidates have met all the requirements, including obtaining signatures and filling out the necessary paperwork.

The city council election is scheduled for March 8, 2011. The deadline to file was on December 10.

Over the next couple of months, the Temple City Voice will conduct interviews with each of the candidates.

In addition, the Voice and the Temple City High School Junior State of America intend on holding a candidates’ forum. This will be the fourth candidates’ forum for both organizations.

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