Seat available after Musser named mayor
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 06/06/2011 06:20:12 PM PDT

UPLAND – The city’s special election season has officially kicked off.

Twelve candidates filed their nomination paperwork with City Hall by Monday – the last day of the filing period. The period began on May 9.

The candidates are Ladan Bezanson, Elaine Courey, Robert “Bubba” DeJournett, Joseph Elkin, Sam Fittante, Eric Gavin, Dan Morgan, Steven Roppel, Debra “Debbie” Stone, Maureen Sundstrom, Martin Thouvenell and Muhammad Zaman. Some are awaiting approval by the county Registrar of Voters.

The election is being held to fill a vacancy on the City Council left by Ray Musser when he was appointed mayor on Feb. 28.

Two-time City Council candidate Mark Creighton took out paperwork to run for the open seat but did not return it.

Upland voters will receive their ballots in the mail between Aug. 1 and Aug. 20. The ballots need to be mailed into the county Registrar of Voters by Aug. 30.

Bezanson, an employee with the city of Montclair, said she has learned a lot about city government operations in her career.

Bezanson works in the city’s Human Services Department as a liaison to the school district.

“After working there I really got interested in running for City Council because I saw something I would like to change or that I would like to streamline in our own city,” Bezanson said. “Working at a city, you really see how everything functions and what can be improved or what is spectacularly already working.”

DeJournett, softball coach at Upland High School, is also a retired teacher from the Upland Unified School District.

He said he wanted to run for the council so he could be a voice representing all Upland citizens.

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