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90's Rat Pack Down to On; Dames Not Running

La Mirada~The City Council retirement home just gained another resident recently.

Pete Dames joins Hal Malkin, both on the La Mirada City Council since 1994, in announcing they are not running for re-election in March 2011.

Well, wait a minute, actually Malkin made the announcement (multiple times) last year and was never a factor. Dames however, pulled papers last month and let the deadline come and go without returning them, apparently making his decision not to run, at the last minute.

An announcement by Dames was never made, letting the passage of time do it for him.

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Sarega, Mowles and Jones Turn in Papers; DeRuse, Brown Join In E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 12:06

La Mirada~Andrew Sarega and Planning Commissioner Larry Mowles turned in their papers to city hall yesterday-for the La Mirada City Council race-joining Councilman Steve Jones who turned in his last week.

There are three remaining potential candidates who have pulled papers but have not yet turned them in, Councilman Pete Dames, Community Services Commissioner, Steve DeRuse, and attorney Paul R. Brown.

Candidate's have until Wednesday to turn in papers.

DeRuse indicated to the Blog last week that he would be filing any day now.

There are three seats up for grabs in March, with the big question being: Will Pete Dames run or not?

Incumbents in La Mirada usually having an easy time winning elections. If Dames chooses to run again, it could set up a showdown between Commissioners Mowles and DeRuse for the remaining open seat vacated by a retiring Hal Malkin.

UPDATE: Steve DeRuse and Paul R. Brown both filed their nomination papers today and have qualified for the election, according to city clerk, Anne Haraksin.

So far, of the six potential candidates that have pulled papers, only Mayor Pete Dames has not returned his yet.

 
Two More Candidates Pull Papers With Intent to File E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 16:50

La Mirada~Two more potential candidates have entered the La Mirada City Council race.

Attorney Paul R. Brown and Andrew Sarega, police officer, both visited city hall Monday.

That makes six candidates vying for three spots-which could make this one of the most interesting La Mirada elections in recent memory.

There is one non-incumbent "open" seat with the retirement of councilman Hal Malkin.

 

 
Four Now in the Race for City Council E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 06:37

La Mirada~La Mirada Community Services Commissioner Steve DeRuse announced this past summer he would be running for La Mirada City Council.

DeRuse pulled nomination papers at city hall yesterday  joining Mayor Pete Dames, Councilman Steve Jones, and Planning Commissioner Larry Mowles who pulled papers on Monday.

Potential candidates have until December 13th to file, or December 15th if an incumbent does not run.

The March 8th election scenario now has four city officials running for three spots- a rarity in La Mirada politics.

Ken Taylor, who ran two years ago, is not entering the race this time around according to his son Kenny.

 
Council Filing Period Opens; Mowles to Pull Papers E-mail
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Monday, 08 November 2010 19:48

La Mirada~With the mid-term elections behind us, we can now focus on the local elections, which will take place March 8, 2011-about four months from now.

La Mirada resident Larry Mowles, who this past June told the La Mirada Blog his intention to run for La Mirada City Council, will make it official this Monday when he pulls nomination papers at City Hall-on the first day of the filing period. Potential candidates have until December 13th, 2011 to file.

Three council seats need to be filled with the terms of Hal Malkin, Steve Jones, and Pete Dames being exhausted. The three ran a successive "togetherness" campaign four years ago, easily swatting away the competition.

Malkin has made it clear for over this past year, he will not be running for a fifth term as a council member. Steve Jones is expected to file, and Dames is playing his usual close-to-the-vest approach, saying all along, as least publicly, he is undecided.

Resident Steven De Ruse also expressed interest in the race to the Blog this past September.

 
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