Birdseye gets nod from Progressive Dems of Benicia
Staff report, 08/15/18, 4:55 PM PDT
BENICIA >> The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have endorsed Kari Birdseye in her bid for a seat on the Benicia City Council.
The group’s membership voted on the endorsement during a membership meeting Tuesday night.
Birdseye is current chair of the city’s Planning Commission.
Fellow candidate and former Councilwoman Christina Strawbridge failed to secure the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats, group officials said.
Strawbridge, who served on the council from 2011 to 2016, is also a member of the Progressive Democrats of Benicia.
Two seats are open on the Benicia City Council this fall. Incumbents Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman are leaving the council after their terms end this year. Current Economic Development Board Chair Lionel Largaespada is also a candidate for a council seat.
Members further endorsed Dana Dean for the Solano County Board of Education Trustee Area 3. Dean was the only person to pull and submit candidacy paperwork prior to the Aug. 10 deadline. Thus, her contest was removed from the ballot and she was automatically re-elected to a new four-year term.
[NOTE: The Progressive Democrats of Benicia have not yet endorsed any candidate for the November election. Posting of this article does not constitute endorsement.]
City Clerk posts only 3 candidates for City Council at deadline
At close of business on Friday, August 10, City Clerk Lisa Wolfe listed only three candidates who filed to run for the two open seats on Benicia’s City Council in November’s election.
Rumors had been circulating that both incumbents had decided against running again. But until Friday, no one was sure. Now it’s certain: Councilmembers Mark Hughes and Alan Schwartzman will not run. City Council will definitely have a different look after this November’s election – including at least one more woman.
Both Christina Strawbridge (a Democrat and member of Progressive Democrats of Benicia) and Lionel Largaespada (a Republican) declared as candidates soon after their defeat in the 2016 election that they would run again in 2018. Both have filed and are in the race.
Progressive Democrats of Benicia will strongly oppose Largaespada, who is on record in favor of Crude by Rail.
(NOTE: the PDB mistakenly stated that Mr. Largaespada opposes a Benicia Industrial Safety Ordinance, and for that we apologize. We do not know what his position on an ISO is, and we hope he discloses it to the community before the election. In his own words, “On ISO, I’m keeping an open mind.”)
The new face on the ballot will be Kari Birdseye, currently chair of Benicia’s Planning Commission and a member of Progressive Democrats of Benicia.*