A veteran gadfly, an ousted Burbank Airport commissioner and a professional football player are among eight Burbank residents who will be running for two City Council seats in the city's Feb. 24 municipal election.
Among those filing candidacy papers by Thursday's deadline were incumbent council members Mary Lou Howard and Robert R. Bowne, whose terms are expiring.
In another race, eight candidates will be competing for three school board seats, including incumbent William Abbey. Board President Claud Field and board member Shirley Nelson are not seeking reelection.
Candidates do not run for specific seats, and victory in each contest will go to the top two vote-getters. If two candidates do not get 50% of the vote in February, a runoff election will be held in April.
Among the challengers to Bowne, 42, and Howard, 49, is Margie Gee, a crusader against airport noise and a former appointee of the council to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.
Council members removed Gee, 51, from the airport board last July, saying her argumentative nature damaged the city's credibility.
Gee said Thursday that airport issues will come up during her campaign, but she will speak on other issues as well. "I want to have a better accounting of where our tax dollars and our service dollars are going," she said.
The other council candidates are:
Jules Kimmett, a school janitor and chairman of the two-member Concerned Citizens Committee of Burbank. Kimmett, 65, the most vocal gadfly at many of the city's public meetings, failed in a bid for a council seat two years ago.
Michael McDonald Jr., 28, a center for the Los Angeles Rams.
Lud Grande, 62, a tax preparer and self-described cowboy who says he wants to "restore good, strong leadership to the community." Grande also lost a council bid two years ago.
Marjorie K. Brannan, 35, a communications consultant who frequently attends city council meetings. Brannan says she wants to strike a balance between maintaining residential neighborhoods and allowing growth under the city's redevelopment goals.
Edwin La Rocque, who listed himself as a computer clerk.
Running against Abbey in the school board race will be:
Tomme J. Lenz, 54, a community volunteer. Lenz finished third in the city's last election for two school board seats.
Cortland W. Blind, 45, a data-processing supervisor who says he is against the closing of schools in Burbank.
Marilyn Huston Paggi, 37, a graduate of the Burbank school district who listed herself as a "parent."
Dwain F. Bender, 45, manager of an insurance company's commercial property office, who says he will be a "concerned listener to teachers, students and parents."
Charles Goldwasser, 36, an employee relations attorney with two sons who attend Burbank schools.
John B. Rasche, an attorney.
Walton L. Ragan, a school administrator.