Benicia City Council: Hughes & Schwartzman not running, Birdseye official

City Clerk posts only 3 candidates for City Council at deadline

At close of business on Friday, August 10, City Clerk Lisa Wolfe listed only three candidates who filed to run for the two open seats on Benicia’s City Council in November’s election.

Rumors had been circulating that both incumbents had decided against running again.  But until Friday, no one was sure.  Now it’s certain: Councilmembers Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman will not run.  City Council will definitely have a different look after this November’s election – including at least one more woman.

Both Christina Strawbridge and Lionel Largaespada declared as candidates soon after their defeat in the 2016 election that they would run again in 2018.  Both have filed and are in the race.

Kari Birdseye, candidate for Benicia City Council

The new face on the ballot will be Planning Commission chair Kari Birdseye.  Kari  has a long history of community service and excellent credentials – she will be a breath of fresh air on our City Council.  I take this  opportunity to endorse her 100%, and to send you to her website and her Facebook page.