UPDATE: AUG. 13
Seven people have qualified to run for three spots that will open later this year on the . Candidate names are listed below in the order that they qualified. We'll be posting a range of questionnaires with the candidates soon.
- Nick Pilch, Software Development Manager
- Peter Maass, General Contractor
- Tod Abbott, Albany Business Owner
- Michael Barnes, UC Science Editor
- Peggy Thomsen, Incumbent
- Sheri Spellwoman, Homemaker/Fitness Instructor
- Ulan McKnight, Business Owner
Only one person filed to run for city treasurer: Kim Denton.
Scroll down for information on the school board race.
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UPDATE: AUG. 9
Three people with school board aspirations have qualified for the November 2012 ballot, and a fourth has decided now is not the time to run.
Newcomer Byron Barrett, a system analyst, along with incumbents and , have qualified for the ballot, according to the city clerk's office.
There will be two open seats on the come fall.
A fourth Albany resident, John Amerkhanian, "has decided not to run in this election as it is not the right time for him to make his political debut," said his campaign manager, Aviva Prager, via email.
No one else has taken out papers for the school board race.
A sixth hopeful, Michael Barnes, took out papers on Wednesday morning.
He joins , , and incumbent in considering a run for three open seats on the council.
, a software development manager, remains the lone Albany resident thus far to have qualified for candidacy to run for a council spot.
The deadline at 12:30 p.m. If incumbent Thomsen elects not to run, the until Wednesday, Aug. 15 (and she will become ineligible for the ballot).
The city will post qualified candidates here.
The city also has to place a on the ballot. Read .
UPDATE: AUG. 3
Incumbents (City Council) and (Board of Education) took out papers this week to indicate their interest in running for office.
and , both council hopefuls, filed nomination papers earlier this week. (Maass had not completed his application Friday, but had submitted one of the necessary forms.)
- OTHER POSSIBLE COUNCIL CANDIDATES: , (Three seats)
- OTHER POSSIBLE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES: John Amerkhanian, Byron Barrett, (Two seats)
- POSSIBLE TREASURER CANDIDATE:
UPDATE, JULY 26
Unlike last week, which was marked by a flurry of activity from seven people considering a run for positions in city government or the school board, this week, only one person has thus far taken out papers.
, local and board member, took out papers to run for City Council on Tuesday.
Last week, , a member of the city Planning & Zoning Commission, along with and , picked up nomination papers for the . Pilch is a member of the city Parks & Recreation Commission. said she is considering another run.
Three seats will open up this fall.
As of the end of the day Wednesday, none of the eight hopefuls had yet been certified by the county.
Scroll down to learn about the other Albany residents who took out papers last week.
[Editor's Note: The story below originally was published July 18, and was updated July 20.]
Seven people have taken out papers this week as an expression of interest in running for office in either the city government or school board later this year.
, a member of the city Planning & Zoning Commission, along with and , picked up nomination papers for the . Pilch is a member of the city Parks & Recreation Commission.
Three seats will open on the council later this year, as Councilman Robert Lieber and Mayor Farid Javandel will have completed two four-year terms and thus be ineligible for re-election; said she is considering another run.
John Amerkhanian and Byron Barrett have taken out papers to run for the Albany Unified School District . Two seats will open on the school board, and incumbents and have said they plan to run again. Low also took out papers this week, and Rosenbaum said he plans to do so later this month.
Kim Denton, current city treasurer, took out papers for that office on Monday. Denton has been Albany's treasurer since 1988, and has faced competitors in two elections.
WHO CAN RUN?
Candidates , and are required to turn in 20-30 signatures of supporters to be considered for the ballot. The county Registrar of Voters will then review the signatures and confirm their authenticity prior to approving candidates. Candidates who wish to have a statement included in the voter guide must pay a fee to the county of nearly $1,000.
The nomination period began Monday and .
BACKGROUND, BY THE NUMBERS
As of May 2012, the county Registrar of Voters listed 9,933 registered voters in Albany, including 6,425 Democrats, 708 Republicans, nearly 300 Greens and more than 2,000 who declined to state a party affiliation.
In the November 2010 election, Albany had the highest voter-turnout rate in the county, with nearly 71 percent of the city's voters casting ballots. Approximately 55 percent of these ballots were cast by mail.
The next municipal election is scheduled to take place Nov. 6, 2012.
As of the 2010 Census, Albany had about 18,500 residents. (Approximately 25 percent were younger than 18.)
Find Alameda County other elections resources here:
- Register to vote
- Are you registered to vote?
- Find your Albany polling place
- Find Your Polling Location (Alameda County)
- Click here to check whether your ballot has been received
- List of Polling Locations throughout Alameda County
- See your Personal Ballot
Election-Related Organizations and Guides for Alameda County and Beyond:
- Albany Elections Information (Albany City Clerk)
- California Voter Foundation
- County Election Offices Roster
- California Choices
- Easy Voter Guide (League of Women Voters of California)
- Maplight’s Voter Guide
- Project Vote Smart
- Smart Voter (League of Women Voters)
- Secretary of State voter guide
- Statewide ballot measures
- Total Capitol (California politics and people)
- League of Women Voters, Albany branch
- California Republican Party Voter Guide
- East Bay Young Democrats Election Guide
- Election Forum (Evangelical Christian election guide)
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