Three incumbents and seven challengers are vying for three seats on the Downey City Council in the June 7 election.
Embattled Councilman James S. Santangelo faces four challengers: Barbara J. Hayden, a businesswoman; Joel Lubin, an engineer; Thomas Hartsfield, a school maintenance worker, and Douglas Creek, a business consultant. Hayden is on the Downey Planning Commission and president of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees.
Santangelo, who was elected to the at-large District 5 seat in 1984, faces retrial in July on a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge. A Municipal Court judge declared a mistrial last month after a jury deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of convicting Santangelo.
The councilman is accused of having a conflict of interest when he voted in 1984 to expand the city's redevelopment district. Santangelo owned property in the expansion area.