Healdsburg City Council, HUSD: Who's In, Who's Not

Filing period began Monday, July 16.

NOTE: This story was updated on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, to add information on the HUSD board of directors election.

Healdsburg residents will likely experience a

In addition, there is one open seat on the

General elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. The candidates' filing period begins Monday, July 16 and goes until Aug. 10.

In the Healdsburg City Council race, three seats now held by and are all up for grabs. Each seat carries a four-year term.

Candidates run at large and the seats are non-partisan. That means the top three vote-getters will be elected, regardless of geographical residence within Healdsburg or political party.

Although all the official candidates won't be available until the filing period ends, some preliminary information on potential candidates is available now, according to various sources.

Healdsburg City Clerk Maria Curiel last week confirmed the following potential candidates:

--Incumbents Plass and Chambers are both seeking re-election to another four-year term.

--Incumbent Babb has declined to seek another term.

--Healdsburg engineer , a former City Council candidate, has expressed interest.

--Former City Councilman and Mayor has expressed interest.

In a Facebook discussion last week, Healdsburg documentary filmmaker and doctoral student Tyler Erlendson said he is pondering whether to throw his hat in the ring.

who graduated as Audra Erlendson from in 2001, said he is interested in running because he wants to be a voice for the younger Healdsburg generation, since "the current council is made up of baby boomers."

Erlendson said he has not yet made up his mind and will wait until he can study the filing paperwork this week.

In the HUSD board elections, has already filed for reelection, according to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, which is handling the school board race candidate filings.

Readers: What issues should the Healdsburg City Council candidates focus on during the upcoming campaign? Tell us in the comments.


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