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Three Burbank City Council seats to be decided in run-off election

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FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Hall

 

Today the race for the three available seats on the Burbank City Council is a little less crowded, but there are still six candidates in the run-off. There were 13 candidates on the ballot for the primary election, held yesterday.

Mayor Dave Golonski, an incumbent who has served several terms on the city council, led the pack with 4,858 votes, according to the Burbank Leader. Next in the ballot count, incumbent Dr. David Gordon with 4,537 votes then followed by Jess Talamantes 3,951, Kimberly Jo 2,417, Elise Stearns-Niesen 2,019, and Garen Yegparian with 1, 989. In order to avoid a run-off, a candidate had to capture 50 percent of the vote and that did not happen. A total of 10, 889  ballots were returned in the city’s mail in election.

          

 

           

 The run-off general election is April 14th. Hopefully before then, there will be opportunities for voters to hear the candidates debate the issues and problems facing Burbank.

Also, the incumbents won the other races in the primary: City Clerk Margarita Campos, City Treasurer Donna E. Anderson, and Larry Applebaum and Debbie Kukta for Burbank School Board. 

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2 Responses to Three Burbank City Council seats to be decided in run-off election

  1. Eric Michael Cap Friday, February 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    Unfortunately Fronnie there will be no more opportunities for voters to hear the candidates debate the issues and problems facing Burbank, unless someone other than the LWV steps up to the plate to host one. I’ve been advocating a Town Hall style debate with the remaining candidates prior to ballots going out for the General Election for a while now, but all to no avail. It kind of makes this whole 2-step primary/general election pointless, although we’ve seen people come from behind in the past to win a seat (Todd Campbell). Anyone interested in seeing the candidate’s responses to a Questionnaire I sent a few weeks ago can do so here: http://iluvburbank.wordpress.com

  2. Fronnie Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 2:14 am #

    Eric,

    You make some very good points. It is very disappointing that there is not a debate or Town Hall gathering scheduled for the six candidates still in the running for the Burbank City Council. Without such a forum for voters to hear from all the candidates, the contenders with the most name recognition have the advantage.

    Thanks for commenting.

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