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April 16th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Lutz, Garcia Elected by Strong Margins
The City of Monrovia has a new mayor: current City Council Member Mary Ann Lutz. She will be sworn in at the next Council Meeting on May 5, 2009 as will incumbent City Council Member Joe Garcia who clearly outdistanced his seven opponents one for the two seats up for election. City Clerk Linda Proctor and City Treasurer Steve Baker, who were running unopposed, were handily re-elected as well.
At the close of Election Day Clarence Shaw lead the rest of the candidates with 1188 votes to Becky Shevlin’s 1165 and incumbent Dan Kirby’s 1073.
However there are still 44 provisional ballots and 157 absentee ballots yet to be certified and counted.
Remaining positive, Clarence Shaw said “I ran a good, hard campaign, but I want to wait and see.”
Trailing by just 23 votes with a potential of 201 votes left to be counted, Becky Shevlin said, “I am optimistic that there will be a good working City Council when the election is over. I still remain positive about the outcome of the election.”
Lutz said “Now the work begins and I am excited to work for this community and all the citizens. I know the expectations are high and I will do my level best to meet them.” Joe Garcia was not available for comment.
With Lutz’s election to the Mayor’s slot, her current city council seat will be left open when she is sworn in. At that time the Council as them formulated will decide on how to fill that vacant seat. It can be filled by appointment or a special election can be held. Presumably any of the candidates could be appointed or the seat may even be filled by someone who did not even appear on the ballot. It’s all going to be up to the new council members and mayor.
Many times in the past the next highest vote recipient was appointed by the new council, but this was not done after Rob Hammond was elected from a “safe” council seat. The third highest vote recipient, Pam Fitzpatrick was passed over in favor of Dan Kirby. Kirby appears not to have retained that seat in this election.
Lutz said that she would vote to appoint someone to replace herself rather than hold a special election. “In these economic times, it would be reckless to hold another election; it would cost about $60,000.” She said she plans to vote “for one of the people who have run. They have put their hats in the ring and have worked.”
Council Member Tom Adams had announced his resignation from the council late last year, but stipulated it be effective after the date of the election filing deadline, meaning that his seat was not open for election. However, Councilman Adams sent a letter Monday to City Clerk Linda Proctor rescinding his resignation effective immediately.
Notably, this information failed to make the rounds at City Hall before or during the razor-close election, when speculation about empty seats and possible appointments were at a fevered pitch.
But Adams is quick to note that his choice of when to submit the rescission was indeed influenced largely by the looming election, saying that when he sent the letter to Proctor he told her "I’m doing this today because of obvious reasons." Adams said he wanted to be sure that no one thought the move was done in reaction to the results of the election.
Dick Singer, Public Information Officer for the city said that he had only just heard of Adams’ decision on Wednesday morning but that "it didn’t come as an overwhelming surprise," continuing, "I’ve known Tom for 20 years and I could see how he could go in any direction."
Asked why the resignation was not made public when it was received, Singer said he was "not going to try to spin it", because the decision a "political" one to which he, a city staff member, was not a party.
By Susan Motander