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By Jorge Casuso

July 21, 2020 -- All five Santa Monica City Council incumbents whose terms expire in November have pulled nominating papers to run, according to the candidate list on the City Clerk's website.

Councilmembers Gleam Davis, Ana Jara, Terry O'Day and Ted Winterer will run on November 3 for four open seats with four-year terms.

Jara was appointed in January 2019 to serve the remainder of former Council member Tony Vazquez's term after he was elected to the State Board of Equalization.

Councilmember Kristin McCowan, who was appointed to the Council last Tuesday to replace Greg Morena, also pulled nominating papers to serve the final two years of his term ("Council Appoints Kristin McCowan to Fill Vacant Seat," July 14, 2020).

Morena resigned last month after learning his position on the Council barred him from renegotiating his restaurant lease with the City ("Morena to Resign from City Council," June 17, 2020).

Jara and McCowan will appear on the ballot with the designation "appointed incumbent," said City Clerk Denise Anderson-Warren.

All the incumbents except Winterer were initially appointed, instead of elected, to the Council. Appointed incumbents traditionally hold on to their seats.

Davis was appointed in February 2009 to replace Herb Katz, who died in office. She was elected to an additional two-year term in 2010 before being re-elected to four-year terms in 2012 and 2016.

O'Day was appointed one year later to replace Ken Genser, who also died in office. Like Davis, he was re-elected to a two-year-term in 2010 before being re-elected to two four-year terms.

Both Davis and O'Day served on the Planning Commission, which traditionally has been considered a stepping stone to the Council.

Winterer, who also served on the Planning Commission, was elected to the Council in 2012 before being re-elected in 2016.

Mario Fonda-Bonardi, a challenger in the race for a four-year term, is the only member of the Planning Commission who has pulled nominating papers.

Perennial candidate Jon Mann pulled papers on Tuesday, marking a record 14th Council bid.

The two incumbents in the race for two seats on the Rent Control Board -- Anastasia Foster and Caroline Torosis -- have pulled papers.

So have all three incumbents in the race for College Board -- Susan Aminoff, Margaret Quinones-Perez and Rob Rader. Aminoff qualified for the ballot on Monday.

In the race for three School Board seats, incumbents Jon Kean and Maria Leon-Vazquez have pulled papers. Incumbent Ralph Mechur had not pulled papers as of Tuesday.

Candidates have until August 7 to submit their nomination petitions, which under the coronavirus emergency require the signatures of 30, instead of 100, registered voters.

If an incumbent fails to file nominating papers, the submission period is extended to August 12.


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