Residents favored City Council candidates who live close to their
precincts in this month’s general election, but also cast their
ballots based on the experience of those running for office.
“I think that my expertise in dealing with airport and port
authorities had something to do with [my strong showing near the
Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport,]” said Todd Campbell, the policy
director for the Coalition for Clean Air.
Campbell, who won the second open seat on the council, and
incumbent Jef Vander Borght, the top vote-getter, earned more than
40% of the votes in some precincts -- Campbell in one and Vander
Borght in four.
Vander Borght attributed his high yield in three precincts on the
south side of town to his ability to approach residents there as a
neighbor, since he lives in the area. But the councilman also visited
precincts that typically receive less attention from candidates, like
in the north side of town near Woodbury University, he said.
“Several people said ‘Gee, nobody ever gets to us here,’” Vander
While Brian Malone placed fourth at the polls, his strongest
support came from residents south of the airport, where he lives. The
real estate agent also served on the city’s airport review committee.
“I got a lot of questions on the airport,” Malone said. “Being
right on the flight path, we live there together.”
Restaurant owner Gary Bric came in second in the primary election
and third in the general election, and made his strongest showing in
the north end of town, where he lives and works.
“I went after areas not reached the first time,” Bric said of his
pursuit of a win in the general election -- though he visited some
precincts twice, prior to both elections, he added.
While Campbell said he tried to “get my message out to everyone,”
his strongest showings were in the southwest end of town, near where
he grew up and his mother still lives, and the hillside area where he
Bric and Malone said they plan to apply for posts on the city’s
boards and commissions. Malone also aims to assist the school board
in obtaining funding, he said, while Bric might run again for a
“We’re definitely considering 2005,” Bric said, when council
members Dave Golonski, Marsha Ramos and Vice Mayor Stacey Murphy are
up for reelection.