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Seven vie for open Fullerton city council seats

The current city council in 2013
The current city council in 2013
Kimberly Wolfe

Seven Fullerton residents will vie for two open city council seats in the upcoming November election.

The candidates are: Larry Bennett, Rick Alvarez, Sean Paden, Doug Chaffee, Bill Chaffee, Greg Sebourn and Jane Rands. Doug Chaffee and Sebourn are running for re-election.

Bennett, a 34-year resident, wants to fix city roads, sidewalks and sewers and will promote and support Fullerton businesses by removing needless regulations-without favoring any specific industry, according to his campaign statement.

"I raised my family in Fullerton. My children graduated from Fullerton public schools. I'm not a politician, and I've never held elected office. I'm just a concerned citizen and family man looking to give back to Fullerton," he added.

Paden, a construction attorney, is looking for "real reform" in Fullerton, which includes moving city retirement obligations to 401K-style retirement plans, competitively bid for city contracts and ensure independent police oversight, according to his campaign statement.

"We spend too much on projects we can't afford and we're afraid to make tough choices. That's no way to run a city," Paden wrote.

Rands, a software engineer, would bring balance to the council, according to her campaign statement. Rands said that balance for Fullerton means protecting quality of life for current residents as the city grows, preserving local owned businesses while attracting new job opportunities and improving the aging infrastructure without overburdening taxpayers.

"Fullerton is a big small town. The uniqueness of its people, small businesses, active volunteer organizations and non-profit institutions, educational community, and historic places do not fit a one-size-fits-all approach. Together we create solutions that honor and improve upon our strengths," she wrote.

Alvarez, a 30-year resident, is running to ensure that Fullerton remains a great city to live, work and enjoy life, according to his campaign statement. Alvarez said he will forge new ways to accomplish the city's fiscal goals while maintaining a high level of service to the community.

"I believe that with the right fiscally conservative leadership, discipline, transparency and ethical responsibility, Fullerton can continue to thrive and prosper by attracting new businesses to our city, working to retain our current businesses, and improving our aging infrastructure," he wrote.

Doug Chaffee, the current mayor, lists his accomplishments on his campaign statement since being in office and would also like to move the city forward in a positive manner.

"Under my leadership, real efforts to fix our roads and aging water pipes have begun. Our fire command staff was merged with Brea's saving $750,000 annually. We joined with Anaheim to build a homeless shelter in Anaheim. A plan to acquire Coyote Hills is moving forward. Our police are committed to community policing," he wrote.

Sebourn, the current mayor pro tem, also lists his accomplishments on his campaign statement, including opposing the closure of Hunt Branch Library and the current budget that he claims ignores a $2 million structural deficit. He supports outsourcing city services such as graffiti removal.

"As your Mayor Pro Tem and a Council Member since 2012 I have opposed tax bonds that needlessly create more debt; I opposed closing the Hunt Branch Library; I opposed the current unbalanced budget that ignores a $2-million structural deficit; I opposed record high water rates and the illegal 10% water tax," he wrote.

Bill Chaffee offered no campaign statement.

Council elections will take place Nov. 4.