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Five Candidates Seeking Two Martinez City Council Seats

The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Wednesday, so these are the candidates who will seek office in November.



Five Martinez residents have added their names to that of incumbent Mark Ross for two seats on the Martinez City Council in the Nov. 5 eleciton. 

Filing closed Wednesday in the City Council race and two others in the Martinez area which were held open an extra five days because one or more incumbents didn't file by last Friday's deadline.

The large number of city council candidates was likely caused by the decision of Councilwoman Janet Kennedy not to seek re-election. She will leave the council when her term ends in November. 

Competing with Ross for the two seats on the ballot will be Dylan Radke, chair of the city's Parks, Recreation, Marina and Cultural Commission; Arseno "Chaz" Escudero, who is describing himself on the ballot as an analyst/reservist/educator; and Anamaria Avila Farias, a senior budget manager; and Mike Alford, who did not include a ballot designation.  Two others who had taken out nomination papers did not file them. 

In other city elections, city clerk Gary Hernandez has no opposition for a new four-year term while treasurer Carolyn Robinson is opposed by Charles Martin.

In the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, incumbent Sherry Whitmarsh is running with four others for two seats. Incumbent Gary Eberhart chose not to seek re-election.  The district includes the southeastern area of Martinez. 

Joining Whitmarsh on the ballot will be Brian Lawrence of Walnut Creek, listed on the ballot as educator/technology executive; Ernie Detrinidad of Clayton, retired/parent; Debra Mason of Bay Point, educational consultant; and Barbara Oaks of Pleasant Hill, retired educator. No one from Martinez has served on the Mt. Diablo school board. 

Central Sanitary District incumbents James Nejedly, Walnut Creek, and Barbara Hockett, Alamo, are seeking re-election, but Mario Menesini, Walnut Creek is not. Four others will be on the ballot, including Tad Pilecki, wastewater engineering Manager of Martinez; Richard Clark, asset manager, of Danville; Deborah Hinkson, accountant, Alamo; and Paul Causey, wastewater management consultant, Walnut Creek.  Should Pilecki be elected, he would be the first person from Martinez to serve on the board. 

Filing closed last Friday in other Martinez area races, including the Martinez Unified School District and Mt. View Sanitary District.  A scheduled election for the Mt. Diablo Health Care District board was cancelled when the county Local Agency Formation Commission voted to dissolve the controversial district last week.

Sara Jones August 16, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Do not vote for Anamaria Avila Farias.
Arsenio Escudero August 17, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Well, I truly hope that you all get a chance to hear what I have to offer as a candidate. I have worked for Senator Harry Reid, have two masters, one of which is in Political Science, and the other is in Public Administration. I know how to get any job done and I will represent the City of Martinez honorably and diligently. If you want to hear more, i'll be out campaigning and you can ask me any questions you want.
Linda Meza August 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Arsenio, thank you for introducing yourself. I, for one, looked at the list of potential candidates and thought, huh? I tend to challenge statements such as "I know how to get ANY job done" and would ask, where do you stand on getting the job done as far as a fully functioning marina is concerned? I am afraid there is a sense of resignation and futility creeping into the political collective that could spell its demise, and for me that is completely unacceptable. Generally speaking I am not a single issue voter, but I have forty plus kids counting on having access to our marina that I will fight for. A candidate whose passion matches my own in this regard would have my attention. If you're unaware of my program then I invite you to come out to the marina on a Saturday and tour our sea base.
Chris Kapsalis August 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I think the Marian issue is too big a job for one person who is also a council member to tackle. I think we nee a serious Marina Commissioner and pay them well to get the job done.
cameron mccord August 17, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Would the city council candidates kindly post information on where we can learn about their priorities and positions, please? Jim, are you in a position to mediate this? Thanks.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) August 17, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I will personally invite each and every city council and school board candidate to not only post on this site, but to blog. I expect one candidate to take me up on that - I hope they all do.
Arsenio Escudero August 18, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Great responses and I will post my positions on my Facebook website tonight. My position on the marina is simple, we need to do everything we can to bring it back to life. I believe that it is necessary to show that Martinez can be a center of commerce and culture again as it used to be. Also, I believe that one person with great leadership can solve the marina issue. Someone who has fresh and innovative ideas that listens to the concerns of the people of Martinez. I am that person, that is why I logged on to the Patch website so I can listen to you. All of you. One person can make a difference, and I will make a difference if you vote me into office. Please keep the questions coming. My email is arseniocitycouncilcampaign@gmail.com . I will do my best to address all of your issues because I care about you.
Arsenio Escudero August 18, 2012 at 01:06 AM
My Facebook is: http://www.facebook.com/arsenio.escudero.7 Please feel free to look at my profile and friend me. All questions, comments, criticisms, etc. are welcome. I want to hear from you.
Arsenio Escudero August 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Linda Meza, I currently have several events planned on Saturday. Please email me your events calender and I will coordinate with you. I am very interested in hearing more about what you have to say. Thank you for your invite.
Arsenio Escudero August 18, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Jim Caroompas, please tell me where, in your opinion, would be the best place to blog my positions, and, if it is possible to blog on the patch please tell me how and I will do so? Again, if anyone wants to ask me questions, please email me at:arseniocitycouncilcampaign@gmail.com Thank you everyone.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) August 18, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Hi Arsenio, Go here: http://martinez.patch.com/blog_posts/new Let me know if you need any help. Thanks.
Arsenio Escudero August 18, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thank you.
Hope Savage August 18, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Arsenio, it is alarming to me when a candidate says they are "willing to do anything" to realize their vision. Now, I agree that the Marina is a top priority and if we can get that jewel polished up, all the rest will follow but......I would not be willing for "anything" to happen to get that. I would be interested to know your position on adhering to the Downtown Specific Plan which was the vision created by the community for our future plan and which has been blatantly ignored by the current City Council as well as the Planning Commission who have supported issuing variances on the boundaries of the DSP for every development that requested it. I am most interested in your position on historic preservation and celebration of our buildings and neighborhoods and whether you would support high-density housing in residential neighborhoods. I did not find much about your position on any of Martinez' hot button issues on your FB page. Please let us know. I would also be interested in which incumbents you have endorsed in the past.
Chris Kapsalis August 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM
I am personally hoping for a great exchange and communication and be able to really get to know these candidates and what they believe, goals, knowledge on issues, what they have done and so on. We have a great opportunity as never before to get to know the real person behind the name. Also I think people are smart, and will see past a few mistakes and or issues they may not see eye to eye on. I for one really respect honesty and also admitting mistakes. That is actually what makes someone wise imo.
Anne Mobley August 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Aye, aye, aye!!!
Anne Mobley August 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Gay, you would have made a great Councilmember, too.
Hope Savage August 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
She definitely avoided paying her development fees on her housing project on Marina Vista and Berellessa around the time she was on the Planning Commission. I found that to be a huge breach of ethics and a demonstration of avoidance of her responsibility to the community so, I would have to agree.
Sam Lawenstar August 22, 2012 at 09:05 PM
I wonder why Tad Pilecki doesn't mention in his candidate statement that he worked for & retired from Central San (the Board for which he's running).
Roberta Alford September 04, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Mr. Caroopas when are you going to open a fair playing field? One where all candidates will have fair and open time on your patch? The truth is in black and white and no matter how one feels, Mike Alford as a city councilman will provide just that, the truth! Or are you and the select few on this patch afraid of the truth? Remember he does has over 200 city council meetings he's attended. can any of you match that?
Martinez Resident September 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
We need younger candidates that can look at all sides of the issue and make sound informed decisions on what is best for the citizens of Martinez not a vocal minority.
James September 05, 2012 at 08:07 PM
It is time that the people are truly represented by a proven leader not just the image of one. Go on most the the websites the candidates have and they are frilly, they promise that they can cure the ills of Martinez but in fact they have no set plan, they name what their focus is but don't lay the tracks to the station. Martinez faces difficult obstacles that call for a set plan of ideas. We don't need another politician that works within the broken system that panders to special interests the moment the people look away. We need trust, we need a plan for leadership not grabbing "ideas" and passing them onto the citizens of Martinez, the people want a solid plan of how the candidates will do what they do. Otherwise everything else said is just politics.
DONALD E. BARKLEY September 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
WHERE IS ALFORD What is the real reason that MIKE ALFORD a legitimate Canidate for Martinez City Council... NOT being allowed to post on This Site!! Is it Censorship? As (such is illegal during election's) or just certain People making Him to simply "sign on" oh so "DIFFICULT"!! Does Martinez Patch take it's lead from the "False and Incendiary" comment's made in the Contra Costa Times? I don't agree with any persons opinion's all the time! However I do disagree vehemently with an "Open Citizen Forum" in doing anything to Hinder any CANDIDATES IDEAS from... just being heard! I know as a fact Alford has been trying to get on //Patch// ... this begs the question, Why not a concerted effort, to make this happen, "Sooner rather than later"! Whoever you support I hope all are heard from! Donald E. Barkley
DONALD E. BARKLEY September 09, 2012 at 07:26 PM
A very well thought out scholarly statement..... if I do say so myself...and I SHALL!! People Stand up for Free Speech.......... Many have Died Fighting For ...Said RIGHT>>>Please!! D. E. BARKLEY ....
Marshall Cochrane September 10, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Mike Alford: Well, it does seem like Mike Alford is not being given the same opportunities accorded other candidates running for City Council positions. I’m not fully conversant with the issues that occurred in the past between Mr. Alford and the Patch but if he is, officially, a bona fide candidate for the city councilman seat then he should be accorded the same privileges/opportunities as the other candidates. I’m not campaigning for Mr. Alford but it does seem like the press is, “piling on” and it feels unfair. A recent article in the CC times referred to him as a “pimp daddy,” and made erroneous assertions regarding his incarceration…Seems to me that the guy deserves a wee bit of slack…I mean, who in the heck goes to 200 city council meetings?
MIKE ALFORD September 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Thank you ! ----- for all that asked about me ! --- Now that Im back folks -- lets light up this Council Run with Facts -- times --- dates --- places -- people that have done or not done their jobs !!! -- lets put it out there --- whats been Accomplished in the last two decades ! === And and what hasent happend ! And where we go from here ! And What we do as a city and taxpayers to come together and get and do as leaders working and LIstening To the voters that We work for !!!!!
Susan JunFish September 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Hi Mike: do you have an e-mail address? I'd like to send you some info from the Lamorinda Democratic Club. We are asking those registered Democrats to download a questionniare from our website and submit it before Sept 28th to be considered for endorsement. I could not find your contact info anywhere. Thanks, Susan JunFish LDC Candidates Endorsement committee
MIKE ALFORD September 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
let me see if im back on patch yet
MIKE ALFORD September 15, 2012 at 05:38 PM
yes Susan JunFish --- My email is --- m10150@aol.com --
MIKE ALFORD September 15, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Also you can see just how your vote DOES count look what happend when the people of North Pacheco Got to VOTE ---- They had the last word and they got their way ! Now there is talk of ONE Shot For Their Special Candidate ---- YOU have Two empty Council Seats ! -------- Not One ! ----- Use Both Of Your VOTES --- That Is Your Right ! --- dont let the Big Posters -- and special pretty mailers -- move you --- just take a few moments to look at where these posters are --- what & where they have been put up at and just what these people have done for YOU & How Well they Have listened and what they have done for You in the past !
MIKE ALFORD September 16, 2012 at 07:48 PM
the pure simple fact ----- if the people want to be counted and have their say -- than you had better put RADKE And ALFORD On the COUNCIL ! ---- Or get Ready for Four More Years Of Them not listening To The Citizens And you Taxpayers --- Look at what letting the voters in North Pacheco Did When They Got to have their SAY !! ------ And Yours Truly Was behind getting the SIGNATURES so it would And Could Be voted on By The Citizens and voters ! You see You Can change Things If You Want ! You Need people That will stand up and Repersent YOU --- Send Things To A VOTE Or LISTEN To YOU The VOTER -- After all you are the ones THEY WORK FOR !!!!

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