Voters to Head to Polls Tuesday, March 8

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the City Council.

Written by MATTHEW WONG / Published March 4, 2011

Temple City voters will return to the polls next Tuesday, March 8 to elect three candidates to the City Council.

Voters will choose among six candidates, including the three incumbents, running for a four-year term.

Temple City Mayor Fernando Vizcarra is asking for another four years. While incumbents Carl Blum and Cynthia Sternquist, who were both appointed to the City Council, are asking voters to give them a chance for a full term.

Planning Commissioner Manuel “Manny” Valenzuela III, the youngest of the six candidates, is also seeking a position on the City Council.

Starene Cruse, a nurse assistant, and Nicholas Lisk, a retired contract administrator, are both challenging the incumbents for an opportunity to bring in fresh voices to the City Council.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

During the campaign season, which began in December, the candidates faced off at two candidates’ forum.

One forum was sponsored by the Temple City High School Junior State of America and the Temple City Voice. That event took place at Live Oak Park on Sunday, February 13.

Another forum was sponsored by the Temple City Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters. That event took place at the Temple City Women’s Club on Tuesday, February 15.

The candidates debated on a variety of issues, including the Athens Waste Management contract, redevelopment, and their vision for Temple City.

The incumbents asked voters to return them to another term, citing the progress of the past two years after the election of Tom Chavez and Vincent Yu to the City Council. Meanwhile, the others urged voters to send fresh blood to the City Council.

The last day to register to vote for the March 8, 2011 City Council election was Monday, February 21.

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