With the election nine months away, Grace Musquiz Napolitano has become the first announced challenger to seek a seat on the City Council.

In April, three incumbent council members are up for reelection, including Mayor Marcial (Rod) Rodriguez, Mayor Pro Tem Lou Banas and Cecil Green.

Napolitano, 48, said she is running because she doesn't believe the current council is "working in the best interests of the community."

"The people want somebody who responds to their needs," she said.

Napolitano, transportation claims agent for the Ford Motor Co. in Commerce, is president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 59, in Norwalk and has served for more than 12 years on the Norwalk-Hermosillo Friendship Commission. Hermosillo is Norwalk's sister city in Mexico.

She said she began campaigning early because in the past 28 years, no incumbent council member has lost an election.

Napolitano said her campaign manager will be Randall Economy, 25, a former public information officer for the city who said he now works as a political consultant.

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