Slates set for Rohnert Park, Cotati city council elections
Dave Grundman, George Barich ready to challenge incumbents
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By Dave Williams  August 22, 2014 12:00 am

Unlike the 2012 election cycle, Rohnert Park city council incumbents will face opposition when the November election rolls around.

Civil engineer Dave Grundman threw his hat in the ring to try to pry one of the two seats up for election from incumbents Amy Ahonatu and Pam Stafford. 

The 67-year-old Grundman, according to papers filed with the clerk’s office, has been a resident of Rohnert Park for 38 years. 

He lives in D Section with his wife, Patricia.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Heald Engineering College and an associates degree in supervisory management from Santa Rosa Junior College.

Back in 2012, no one in Rohnert Park filed papers to challenge the seats of current Mayor Joe Callinan, Gina Belforte and Jake Mackenzie.

The Cotati City Council election will have a familiar feel, as George Barich, a former councilman, has filed papers to run against Mark Landman and John Moore, who was appointed to the council last year after Councilwoman Pat Gilardi resigned to take a position with Supervisor Susan Gorin.

Landman was appointed to the council in 2009 and elected to a full term in 2010. He served as mayor in 2013. This is the first time Moore will run an election campaign.

Barich was recalled in 2009 and has made unsuccessful bids to return to the council in 2010 and 2012, finishing last in the voting each time.

The last newly elected council member in Cotati was Wendy Skillman in 2012.

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