Community activist Shirley Garcia has announced that she will run for the Montebello City Council in November.
Garcia, one of several community leaders who successfully opposed a proposal to grant the Community Redevelopment Agency eminent-domain powers in south Montebello, is the first person to formally announce intentions to run for Mayor William Nighswonger's position. Nighswonger has announced that he will retire from the council in November.
Garcia, a paralegal for a Los Angeles law firm, did not say when she will begin campaigning. She claims the support of anti-drug and Neighborhood Watch groups, and said she favors a two-term limit for council members and other elected officials.
Councilmen Edward Pizzorno and Arnold Glasman are running for reelection to the five-member panel. Pizzorno, who also opposed the city's bid for the power of eminent domain, is generally expected to be reelected.