Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Desert Dispatch Article - August 12, 2006

Nine run for city office

Saturday, August 12, 2006

By HOWARD DECKER / Staff Writer

BARSTOW — Ten citizens pulled papers to run for the two open City Council seats, and nine returned them to the City Clerk's office by the 5 p.m. deadline Friday.
The Council seats of Gloria Darling, who resigned, and incumbent Helen Runyon are open in the Nov. 7 general election. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be awarded the seats. The office is non-partisan.
The candidates are:

* Helen Runyon, incumbent Council member who was first elected to the Council in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994 and 1998.

* Marvin Ellis, a military intelligence analyst at Ft. Irwin who retired from the military after 20 years.

* Carmen Hernandez, a retired human-services supervisor for San Bernardino County and currently a city-planning commissioner.

* Nathaniel H. Pickett, who listed his occupation as project manager but could not be contacted Friday night for more information.

* Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, who recently finished serving five years on the Barstow Fire Protection District board of directors and is a restaurant supervisor for her family's Del Taco on First Street.

* Tim Silva, a mortgage banker for GEM Mortgage and president of chamber of commerce.

* Larry Halstead, founder and director of Earth Haven Foundation for Kids, which works with children with drug-related problems, and a community activist.

* Manuel Gilbert Gurule, a businessman. He could not be contacted Friday night for more information.

* Patrick Aleman, a Web site designer for a community Web site and formerly a member of a citizen oversight committee for Barstow Unified School District.

An initiative called the Barstow Tax Limitation and Accountability Act will also be on the city ballot. It would attempt to provide more accountability in city fiscal matters by requiring public disclosure of certain financial information.

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