Capitola City Council: 6 candidates for 3 seats

Incumbents Harlan and Termini face Bertrand, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, Hill
By Jondi Gumz, Santa Cruz Sentinel


CAPITOLA >> Two incumbents and four challengers will vie for three open seats on the Capitola City Council in November. With Sam Storey termed out, the field of candidates is bigger than usual.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

• Jacques Bertrand, a semiconductor process engineer, was city treasurer from 2008 to 2012. He has a master’s in public policy from CSU Monterey Bay and the Panetta Institute along with a master’s degree in physics and a master’s in business administration. He emphasized fiscal vigilance and solving village parking problems when he ran for City Council in 2012. Running a low-budget campaign, he finished third in a three-way race, but has attended city meetings since then to share his views.

• Joe Clarke, 53, a sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, has lived in Capitola for 23 years. He has 27 years in law enforcement and was director of police services at Cabrillo College. A surfer, Clarke wants to explore ways to improve water quality at Capitola Beach. He headed the Sheriff’s Activity League when that group started baseball and soccer programs for youth at Shoreline Middle School in Live Oak, and he wants to foster relations between the city and the Soquel Union Elementary School District, which serves Capitola’s children.

• Richard Fitzpatrick, 73, came to Capitola in 1972. He recently sold his home and became a renter. He has a master’s degree in administration and has traveled in Europe and Central America. Now that he is retired, he has time to get involved in civic issues.

• Stephanie Harlan, a registered nurse, has served six terms on the council. She has been a strong supporter of funding social service organizations to assist the city’s neediest residents and proposed a two-year funding cycle, adopted by the city, to give nonprofits more certainty about funding for better planning. She was named the 2004 volunteer of the year by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, which cited her support for water quality monitoring and the Urban Watch program to reduce urban runoff in Capitola.

• Laurie Hill, 51, has lived in Capitola since 2001 and been active with the Begonia Festival for 12 years, taking on the presidency two years ago. The Begonia Festival fundraiser was her idea and last year she instituted the nautical parade’s community float. She retired after 35 years of working in local government including 10 years with Santa Cruz County, where she was a senior personnel analyst. A graduate of the Capitola leadership course and recent appointee to the Art & Cultural Commission, she was named volunteer of the year in 2008 by the Capitola-Soquel Chamber of Commerce.

• Michael Termini, an electrical contractor, has served eight years on the council and six years on the planning commission. A strong advocate of the arts serving on the Art & Cultural Commission, he is the only council member to volunteer to fully fund his city retirement benefit from his $500-a-month paycheck. He was named 2010 Capitola Man of the Year by the Capitola-Soquel chamber.

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