Mayor David Laurell has decided to not continue endorsing City
Council candidate Brian Malone, though he has been a prominent figure
in Malone’s campaign from the outset.
Laurell said he will endorse only incumbent Jef Vander Borght for
City Council and Paul Krekorian for Burbank Unified School Board in
the April 8 general election. Malone, Vander Borght, Gary Bric and
Todd Campbell earned enough votes in the Feb. 25 election to make it
into a runoff for two vacant City Council seats.
“I have personally made the decision that while Brian’s dedication
to our community is in no way to be questioned, I have weighed [his]
ideas, opinions, experience and knowledge of issues and can no longer
support his candidacy for a seat on the City Council,” Laurell said.
The mayor declined to be more specific about what, exactly, he did
not support about Malone’s campaign platform.
Malone said he learned of Laurell’s decision Friday.
“He has told me that he is going to only endorse Jef,” Malone
said. “I respect he has his reasons, and they must be personal in
Councilman Dave Golonski, who endorsed Malone in the primary, did
not return calls from the Leader asking if he would maintain his
support for Malone. Malone said he had not heard from Golonski.
All incumbent council members are backing Vander Borght, who was
appointed to his seat last year when former mayor Bob Kramer
Incumbents also were putting their names behind other candidates
Vice Mayor Stacey Murphy told Bric on Saturday that she would
“Out of all three of them, I think he’s the most involved in the
community,” Murphy said. “He knows what’s going on in the community.”
Campbell got Councilwoman Marsha Ramos’ backing Thursday.
“I think he has fine leadership capabilities,” Ramos said. “He’s
certainly knowledgeable, and on those items he’s not, he will find
out [more information].”
Ramos also has given her support to school board candidates Larry
Applebaum and Paul Krekorian.
The councilwoman acknowledged endorsements are something of a
mixed blessing: They can work for or against a candidate, depending
on voters’ views of the person lending their support.
“It gives a message that the incumbent has confidence and wants to
work with a candidate,” Ramos said. “I’m sure my endorsement will be
weighed against my performance -- and that can either be taken as a
positive, or it can be risky for a candidate.”