Five candidates have pulled nomination papers for four openings on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council in the March 2020 election, including three sitting council members and one city commissioner, according to records maintained by the City Clerk’s office.
All but one of the five total council seats — that currently occupied by Councilman Jon Curtis — are up for election. Three seats occupied by Mayor Len Pieroni, Councilwoman Terry Walker and Councilman Mike Davitt are up for full, four-year terms that will expire March 2024.
The seat occupied by Mayor Pro Tem Greg Brown was filled by council appointment in July 2017, following the death that May of longtime Councilman Dave Spence, for a two-year term. That seat is also open to candidates but for a period of only two years, until March 2022.
La Cañada City Clerk Tania Moreno confirmed last week that Pieroni, appointed to the council in 2015, pulled nomination papers for a four-year seat on Nov. 12. Walker also expressed interest in a second four-year term, pulling papers Nov. 14, the same day Mike Davitt, first elected in 2011, pulled documents for the two-year term occupied by Brown.
So far, Brown has yet to pull papers to continue his service on the City Council for either available term.
Former Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter, who termed out earlier this year after eight years with the commission, pulled papers for one of the three four-year seats on Nov. 13. That same day Keith Eich, chair of the city’s Public Works and Traffic Commission, pulled papers for the four-year and two-year seats. He filed Wednesday for the full term and was qualified.
Moreno explained candidates will not be considered officially running for office in March 2020 until they have turned in their nomination papers with the signatures of 20 registered La Cañada Flintridge voters.
The filing deadline is Dec. 6 at 5 p.m., unless Brown does not file for reelection, in which case that deadline for his two-year seat will be extended to Dec. 11 at 5 p.m., the clerk added. As of Wednesday, Eich was the only candidate to have filed papers, the clerk confirmed.