Antelope Valley Press

2 might join field in city mayoral, council election

- By JULIE DRAKE Valley Press Staff Writer

LANCASTER — Two new potential candidates, one for mayor and the other for city council, pulled nomination papers Thursday for the City of Lancaster’s April 9 municipal election.

Ryan Alzubi pulled nomination papers for mayor and Anthony Doeman pulled nomination papers for a city council seat, according to the City Clerk’s office.

Mayor R. Rex Parris’ seat and those of longtime Councilman Ken Mann and appointed Councilwom­an Lauren Hughes-Leslie will be up for election in April.

Alzubi could join a potentiall­y crowded field for mayor. Potential challenger­s to Parris are Shawn Cannon, Miguel Coronado, Johnathon Ervin, Mark Maldonado, Nicolle McMillion, David Paul and Michael Rives. As of Thursday, only Parris has returned his nomination papers and qualified for the ballot.

The race for two seats on the City Council is less crowded. Hughes-Leslie filed her nomination paperwork Wednesday and qualified for the ballot the same day. Mann qualified for the ballot on Dec. 27. Challenger Robert Enos also qualified for the ballot on Dec. 27.

The nomination period closes at 5 p.m. Jan. 12.

The April 9 election will be conducted via mail-in ballot only.

Voters will also consider Measure C, an advisory vote on establishi­ng a drug treatment program in Lancaster similar to Teen Challenge.

Lancaster residents who want to run for a seat on the City Council must be a US citizen and reside within the city limits. They must also be at least 18 years old and a registered voter of the city at the time nomination papers are issued. Potential candidates also cannot be on parole for the conviction of a felony.

Pulling nomination papers takes about 45 minutes, and so an appointmen­t is requested, the City Clerk’s office said.

To schedule an appointmen­t to pick up the nomination paperwork, call the City Clerk’s office at 661723-6020. There is no cost to be issued nomination papers or to receive a candidate’s handbook for individual­s seeking to run for office. There is a $25 fee to file nomination papers.

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