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UPDATED:City Buzz: A third candidate jumps into Burbank City Council race

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The race for Burbank City Council is heating up. Police Commissioner, Elise Stearns-Niesen, announced her candidacy in a letter posted on the Burbank Leader website yesterday. Stearns-Niesen, the former chair and ex-vice-chair of that commission, promised to take the high road in her quest for a seat on the city council: “I will run a positive campaign, one in which I will display integrity and honesty in all my interactions and treat all that I encounter with the utmost respect.”

An educator and long-time resident of Burbank, Stearns-Niesen has been a council candidate before. She ran in 2009, but did not win a seat on the council.  Stearns-Niesen is the third candidate to jump into the race. Realtor and Burbank Planning Board member, Chris Rizzotti, was the first to announce his candidacy back in March, followed this summer by veteran journalist, Will Rogers.

This city council race is off to a very fast start. Usually, candidates wait until November to officially announce. That’s when they are required to pull nominating papers at the City Clerk’s Office. Several other potential candidates are holding meet and greets, coffee chats, and fundraisers, City council candidates Emily Gabel-Luddy and Gary Bric are up for re-election. The buzz is Bric is not going to run, but Gabel-Luddy will.

Last night, the city council approved an ordinance setting February 24, 2015 as the date for the Primary Nominating Election and  April 14, 2015 for the General Municipal  Election.

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5 Responses to UPDATED:City Buzz: A third candidate jumps into Burbank City Council race

  1. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Actually Fronnie, Elise did make it through the Primary in a 13 candidate field in 2009 and finished a respectable 5th with limited funds in the General Election behind Dave Golonski, Jess Talamantes & Dr. David Gordon.

  2. Fronnie Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm #


    You are right. I’ll make the correction.

  3. Fronnie Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Also, Planning Board member Kimberly Jo came in fourth in that 2009 council race. There has been some chatter that she might run again.

  4. iLuvBurbank Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Fronnie, Looks like a crowded field! While neither has officially announced they’re running, I have it on good authority both David Nos & Juan Guillen will be running again. Also hearing chatter that another person who ran in 2009 maybe running again (Garen). I guess no one has been scarred off by either of the 2 premature announced candidates or the incumbent. Should be an very interesting campaign. Look forward to reading your coverage. Cheers!

  5. Fronnie Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm #


    Yes, I have heard both Nos and Guillen are likely candidates for council again. Garen Yegparian is said to be exploring another run for council, too. Also, I have heard the names of a couple of potential candidates who are new to politics. I agree, the campaign should be quite interesting.

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