ALHAMBRA — Their names won't appear anywhere on the Nov. 6 ballot, but Barbara Messina and Mary Louise Bunker will be starting new terms on the City Council anyway.
That's because city officials have decided to save money by taking advantage of a 1985 state law.
Because Messina and Bunker are running unopposed in their respective districts, the council Friday voted to take their names off the ballot and appointed each to another four-year term, a provision allowed under the state Elections Code. Their new terms will begin after the election.
City voters will have a choice in the 5th District, currently represented by Councilman Michael Blanco. He is being challenged by Sonia E. McIntosh. And there are five people running for two seats on the Alhambra school board. The candidates in that race are Ron Hirosawa; Charles C. Ling; Dora Padilla (incumbent); Jeffrey Schwartz, and Sophie Wong.
Although incumbents have run unchallenged before, this is the first time Alhambra has removed unopposed candidates' names from the ballot, a decision that is expected to save the city about $20,000 in printing and tallying costs, City Clerk Frances A. Moore said.