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Election 2011: Who's Running?

A list of individuals who are running for Newark City Council.

Here is a breakdown of who is running. These are the candidates for mayor and city council in the November, 2011, election. Citizens have until Aug. 17 to file their intent to run for office. 

Individuals are listed in alphabetical order by last name. 

Mayor of Newark:

  • Ana Apodaca
  • Alan Nagy
  • Ray Rodriguez

City Council (two open seats):  

  • Rick Bensco
  • Mike Bucci
  • Sucy Collazo
  • Jack Dane
  • Luis Freitas

Last update: 10:30 a.m., Aug. 18

Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:16 AM
Well, for one thing the Newark PD didn't notify anyone that this year they had the funds to participate. For the last three years they told me we couldn't do it because of a lack of PD funds - apparently the police have to check it out or something. It just sounded like the usual unimaginative bureaucratic approach to things characteristic of the Newark City government. I suspect it happened this year because the candidates from the Lake Area (who are already in city government) wanted to look like they were doing something. Next year, once again, only those privileged few in certain neighborhoods will hear about it and be able to plan something. I suspect, though, that this was a one-off for election year.
Nadja Adolf August 18, 2011 at 07:18 AM
A group of them camp on the landscaping around CA 84, close to the Safeway Parking lot from time to time. They come in and panhandle; one familiar face has a wheelchair.
James August 18, 2011 at 08:19 AM
Nadja, Not many people know this, but there's a Hidden Entrance to a Tunnel in that area. A lot of Homeless know about it and live within the confines of the Security barrier. I don't want to give specifics for fear PD will go hassle them further, but let's just say they have it made over there!
Julie September 23, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Dear Candidates: Please make the safety of our streets a priority, especially for students getting home from school. Could you help high school students by working with the city police to improve security on the streets near the high school after school? The problem I witness and hear about is the traffic congestion with students walking over to the mall and toward the Lion Market center, as well as lack of security for the safety of these students. Yes, there are monitors and cameras on the school grounds but as soon as the students exit the campus, they are put in jepardy. Last year after school, there was a student MURDERED in December on Cedar in broad daylight. I know of students who have their bus money snatched out of their hands by other students while waiting for the AC transit bus. Students shout profanities at one another on Cedar/Mowry. Also, while cars are trying to get into the parking lot and students are trying to walk past on the sidewalk, there is a big risk of somebody getting hit. There needs to be some security in this block after school to manage traffic and student congestion during this very busy time. I would also like to see City Leaders, Public School Leaders and Law Enforcement Leaders working together as a team and improving communication with each other to make our city safer for all citizens (young and old). Thank you!
Jacob M. September 24, 2011 at 05:21 AM
All of the candidates will say that "public safety" is their first priority. You should all ask what specific plans they have to address these issues. I'll bet that none of them have anything of substance.

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