UPDATE: Thirteen Seek City Council Seat

Applicants are scheduled to be interviewed by the Newark City Council on Jan. 31.

Thirteen individuals are seeking for an appointment to fill a vacant seat on the city council, according to Newark City Clerk Sheila Harrington.

The list of applicants include in the November election and planning commissioners Robert Marshall and Bernie Nillo.

Here is the full list of applicants:

  • Ronald Brazil
  • Roberto Khamseh
  • Andrew Limtiaco
  • Robert Marshall
  • Bernie Nillo
  • Danny Radcliff
  • Angelina Reyes
  • Michelle Romero
  • Donna Sisk
  • Richard Watters
  • Christopher Wecks

City council members voted for an meeting, citing that the process would save the city approximately $100,000.

City council will to interview the applicants in a public. That meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The deadline to apply for the vacant seat was 5 p.m. Thursday. The term of the open council seat is from the date of the appointment to November 2013.

Editor's Note: This report was updated 9:55 a.m. on Monday to add an additional council applicant.

Michelle Romero January 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Hi everyone, I have read and appreciate your comments and concerns regarding the Newark City Council vacancy. I am one of the candidates who applied to fill the vacancy but did not run in the Nov. election. As a strong advocate for voting rights and civic engagement, I should tell you that in my case, while I grew up in Newark I only recently moved back within the city bounds and became eligible to apply. Before, I technically lived in Fremont. Recognizing that some may not be familiar with me, I have set up a simple website where you can read more information. Please also feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns regarding my candidacy to info@MichelleRomero4Newark.org. All the best, Michelle Romero (Candidate For Newark City Council)
Christopher Wecks January 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I appreciate and agree with those that noted that our city's next placing nominee, Mike Bucci, is a great guy and a logical first choice for the vacancy. I voted for him during the election. I’ve told him all of this myself. I, too, am among the 12 applicants listed above, and feel responsible for accounting for my actions. A year ago, when my wife and I considered running, our lives were in turmoil. My daughter has cancer, and we were undergoing intensive chemotherapy. We ended up deciding that it wouldn't be fair to anyone to attempt a council run. Today, I'm glad to say that my daughter is doing great. Our lives are more stable, and were there an open election process today for council, my decision to participate would be appropriately in the affirmative. However, we have this appointment process instead. I felt that the best thing I could contribute, given this method for choosing the seat, was a robust and open conversation about my ideas and qualifications. Great ideas can change Newark for the better. Regardless of who is chosen for the role, my and my fellow applicants’ ideas shared through the process will be added to the toolbox of ideas the council has at its disposal. I think that’s a win for the city. I hope that answers why I'm doing this, even though it won't change anyone's mind about who should be appointed. If you have any ideas or comments, please feel free to email me at Christopher.Wecks@gmail.com. Thanks for your your passion.
Danielle January 13, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I support Michelle Romero for her seat! I feel she will offer a new perspective and help to change Newark for the better. She makes an effort to hear our voices (those of us who are often times considered to young to make a change) She has my full support and I hope others of you will read her website and see where she stands on the issues. http://www.michelleromero4newark.org/
Nadja Adolf January 14, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Michelle Romero's website offers no specifics; just vagaries, like offering young people the "American Dream" through job opportunities and education. No plan. It's sort of like being in favor of Mom and apple pie without offering a recipe for the apple pie. Pursuing state and federal solutions to Newark's budget? Ummm.... the state and federal governments are also running serious deficits. I'd like to see some strategy and tactics; every candidate is in favor of improving things - but no one has any actual plans on how they intend to do so.
Nadja Adolf January 14, 2012 at 09:10 AM
But I do agree very strongly with Ms. Romero's take on increasing sales taxes as a very regressive approach to budget shortfalls. In fact, raising sales taxes is downright stupid. So is taxing the alleged "rich", since the truly rich will simply move out of state, as they have been doing for years - compare how much more expensive Tahoe property on the Nevada side is compared to Tahoe property on the California side. The rich are very interested in living in income tax free Nevada.


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