While it may not have the allure of the New Hampshire primary, Election Day in the San Gabriel Valley will allow voters to determine the fate of mayors, council members and several ballot issues.
Most communities will have at least a city council election on April 12. Here are capsule looks at the elections. Ages and occupations of candidates are listed unless they were not available from information filed with city clerks.
City Council incumbents Mary Young and Charles Gilb face two challengers for two seats. They are being opposed by Johanna A. M. Hofer, an environmentalist, and Charles Chivetta, an urban planning consultant. Both have been unsuccessful council candidates in previous elections.
Interest has centered on the race for city clerk, a position held for the last 32 years by Christine Van Maanen, who is retiring. Vying for the post, which pays $3,000 a month, are Stella Ross, a United Parcel Service employee; Joyce McCartney, who works for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce; Deborah McLoughlin, a savings and loan manager, and June Alford, an employee in the Arcadia city clerk's office.
The race for mayor pits longtime rivals Eugene Moses, the 54-year-old incumbent, against Bruce Latta, a 37-year-old councilman who sponsored a resolution curtailing the mayor's powers and banning Moses from the employee refrigerator at City Hall. The resolution has since been rescinded.
Latta will retain his council seat if his bid for mayor fails.
Incumbents James Cook, 35, and Lucio Cruz, 64, are seeking reelection to the City Council. Challengers for the two seats are Harry Stemrich, 57, a construction photographer; Tony Narajo, 28, a businessman; Conrad Bituin, 53, a businessman; Mike Falletta, 37, a planning commissioner and gas company employee, and Todd Baker, 23, a businessman.
City Clerk Adolf Solis, 57, and City Treasurer Robert Talley, 65, are unopposed.
Six months after voters rejected a development proposal and city buyout plan for the Azusa Greens Country Club, a related zoning measure is on the ballot. The proposal would prohibit anything but recreational uses for the golf course, which could further frustrate developer Johnny E. Johnson's bid to sell or develop the property.
A second ballot measure would increase a tax the city charges private companies for the extraction and processing of rock. The tax would be increased from 6 to 8.8 cents per ton. The tax was first approved by the City Council in 1986, but a statewide proposition passed later that year requires that such taxes be approved by city residents.
"What has happened is we have to submit this to the voters, although it has already been in effect," said Finance Director Geoff Craig. "The voters are totally unaffected by the tax."
The City Council increased the tax to make it equal to what Irwindale charges, Craig said.
Mayor Leo W. King, 59, a retired county safety engineer, is being challenged by Councilman Jack D. White, 54, a law enforcement administrator, and Frank Mamone, a retired Defense Department employee who is making his fourth run for the office.
Both King and White, the city's first elected mayor, were ousted from office in a March, 1987, recall election. They were returned to the council four months later by winning different offices: King successfully ran for mayor, and White won a seat on the council.
Candidates for the three City Council seats are incumbent Richard T. Gibson; Bette Lowes, 55, a homemaker who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in July; George T. Archibeque, 49, a steel industry superintendent; Eddie J. Brady, 58, a retiree who was previously self-employed, and Herchel Keyser, 56, a retired city employee.
Treasurer Ana Montenegro, 57, is unopposed. City Clerk Linda Gair is being challenged by Benita Romero, a general office clerk in private industry.
Two candidates are seeking the seat vacated in December by Jeff Alkana.
In Bradbury, council members are elected by district. Seeking to serve the remaining two years of Alkana's term in the District 3 seat are Thomas Melbourn, an investigator for the district attorney's office, and Ronald Cooney, a rancher.
Incumbents John Richards of District 1 and Audrey Hon of District 2 are unopposed. In District 4, Bill Dillard, the incumbent, has decided not to run. Candidate David Chamberlain, a member of the Planning Commission, is unopposed.
No election will be held because no candidates are challenging Mayor Judy Wright and Councilman Bill McCready.
Two of the incumbents, Mayor Larry Straight and Councilman Jerry Edgar, have stepped down, leaving Charles Colver, 67, a U. S. Forest Service manager, the only incumbent in the race.
Other candidates for the three seats are Gary Coffey, 41, a county firefighter; Hugh F. Jenings, retired; Chris Lancaster, an administrative assistant; Chris Limahelu, 36, a businessman; John A. Rose, an administrator, and Thomas O'Leary, an attorney.