Dallas is first and only qualified
Published: January 3, 2014
WITH THE close of the filing period a week away, the only official candidate in the April 8, 2014, Carmel city election so far is planning commissioner Steve Dallas, who submitted his paperwork and had the signatures verified this week.
Nominees need just 20 signatures of registered voters within
the city in order to secure a place on the ballot, and Dallas
submitted 30 on Monday afternoon. Deputy city clerk Daryl
Betancur verified them with the Monterey County Elections
department this week.
Dallas said he obtained signatures from a wide range of voters,
seeking people aligned with various organizations and camps to
show a diverse level of support.
Signers on Dallas’ petition are: Planning commissioners Don
Goodhue, Michael LePage, Janet Reimers and Keith Paterson;
former Carmel Mayors Jean Grace, Charlotte Townsend, Sue McCloud
and Ken White; city council members Victoria Beach and Carrie
Theis; former councilwoman and Carmel Residents Association
board member Barbara Livingston, and Mayor Jason Burnett’s wife,
Melissa — though not the mayor himself.
Also CRA members Roberta and Monte Miller; former councilwoman
Karen Sharp; innkeeper and downtown developer Denny LeVett and
his construction partner, Chris Tescher; community activities
and cultural commission members Donna Jett, Kristy Downing and
Judy Refuerzo; forest and beach commissioner Karen Ferlito;
historic resources board member Elinor Laiolo; former Nielsen
Bros. Market owner Merv Sutton; longtime residents Marian
Leidig, Jean White (Ken White’s wife), Sarah Berling (Sue
McCloud’s sister), Sharyn Siebert, Lillian Hazdovac and David
Banks, and Dallas’ wife, Madeleine.
The other council candidates who have retrieved nomination
forms from city hall, but have yet to return them with
signatures, are incumbents Carrie Theis and Steve Hillyard, and
Mail Mart owner Lucas Austin. If either incumbent does not
return the paperwork by Jan. 10, the nomination period will be
extended to Jan. 15 in case other candidates decide to step
In the mayor’s race, so far, only incumbent Mayor Jason Burnett
has pulled papers to run, and he has not yet turned them in. If
no one decides to challenge him, he will be reelected by default
— a rare, if not unique, occurrence in the history of the city
since the mayor became an elected position with the voters’
selection of Barney Laiolo in 1968. (Prior to that year, the
mayor was selected by the city council from among its members.)
Write-in candidates can file between Feb. 10 and March 25.