Only two challengers filed petitions to run in Glendale's municipal election April 7 when incumbents on the City Council, Unified School District Governing Board and Community College Board of Trustees will seek to retain their seats.
Richard Carr, 40, a real estate broker and a newcomer to politics, is the sole challenger in the council race. One-term council members Larry Zarian, 49, and Jerold F. Milner, 56, are both running for re-election.
Dr. William B. Schafer, 66, a La Canada Flintridge pediatrician, is a newcomer seeking election to the college board. He is challenging two one-term incumbents, Rae M. Berry, 69, and Robert K. Holmes, 39.
Running unopposed for school board seats are two-term member Sharon R. Beauchamp, 46, and three-term member Blanch M. Greenwood. Greenwood asked that her age not be published.
Candidates' eligibility will not be certain until the county registrar's office verifies that each candidate submitted at least 500 valid signatures on nominating petitions. Results are expected to be released late this week by the city clerk's office. About 68,000 registered voters will be eligible to participate in the nonpartisan election, county officials said.
Growth Problems Cited
As the only challenger in the council races, Carr said his campaign will stress what he said are "ultra-runaway growth problems" in both commercial and residential neighborhoods. Carr said he will work for limitations on the density of downtown redevelopment projects.
Carr is the only candidate whose statement will not appear in the voter information pamphlet. He said the city's charge for printing the statement, estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, is "arbitrary and cost-prohibitive." Carr is married and has two daughters, ages 9 and 13.
Zarian and Milner point to such accomplishments as adoption of new zoning laws to control development, revitalization of the downtown and plans for a major new hotel.
All three candidates said they want to work to ease traffic and parking problems in the city and to develop more reasonably priced housing for families and senior citizens.
Milner has lived in Glendale 24 years and has long been active in civic and political affairs. He holds degrees in electrical engineering and business finance and has worked as a manager with Pacific Bell for 33 years. Widowed last year, Milner has two adult children. Last year, Milner has been mayor, a ceremonial post from among council members by an internal vote.
Zarian, the current mayor, has lived in Glendale 34 years. He is divorced and the father of three sons. Zarian is a real estate investor. He has been active in civic and political affairs 25 years, is vice chairman of the National Highway Safety Committee and a member of the state Regional Quality Control Board.
In the community college district election, incumbents Berry and Holmes said they have the experience to keep the board operating smoothly and to help with plans for a classroom building and parking.
Berry holds a degree in science and operates her own career-planning service. Holmes is an attorney with law offices in Glendale and voluntarily teaches business law at Glendale College.
Schafer, a 36-year resident who has raised six children, said he is seeking a position on the college board to work for improved academic standards.
With no opposition in the unified school district election, incumbents Beauchamp and Greenwood said they will continue to develop curriculum for a comprehensive academic program.
Beauchamp holds a science degree, has lived in the district 20 years and has two children in Glendale schools. Greenwood, a business administration graduate, raised four children in the district, where she has been active in community service for 25 years.
Two other potential challengers who had announced their intention to compete for office failed to submit the required nominating petitions.
Paul Behne, 58, a residential real estate broker, said he wanted to run for the City Council but was unable to collect the required signatures within the 21 days alloted by the city. Behne said he expects to be a challenger in the future.
Dennis Gossard, 40, who had announced his intention to contest the school-board race, said he withdrew to accept an appointment Friday as head football coach at Pasadena City College, where he had been assistant coach eight years.
GLENDALE COUNCIL CANDIDATES Richard Carr, 40 Occupation: Real estate broker Platform: "Ultra- runaway growth is a major problem in Glendale. We need to slow down the overbuilding and overcrowding." Jerold F. Milner, 56 Occupation: Pacific Bell Manager Platform: "My experience and proven dedication will be assets when I have to make decisions that affect the Glendale of today and the Glendale of the future." Larry Zarian, 49 Occupation: Real estate investor Platform: "I intend to fulfill our dream in keeping Glendale the most desirable city in the country."