By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/05/14, 8:51 PM PDT | Updated: 29 secs ago

Across the Inland Empire, residents are filing papers to run for city councils.

At stake this year is new representation in places like Upland, where troubled finances and politics have made headlines. Former City Manager Stephen Dunn is running for a seat on the council there, after announcing that he would be retiring in May.

And then there’s Colton, in the midst of headlines on the status of their city manager, who went on administrative leave in June.

The positions of mayor and councilmembers representing Districts 1, 2, and 4 are up for grabs, and so far, all have contenders.

In Ontario, tumultuous city councils have been the norm over the last few months and three people are running for mayor: the incumbent Paul Leon; Rodolfo Favila; and Paul Vincent Avila.

“I’m really hoping that Ontario residents are very happy with how successful the city has been in the last five years and how we’ve made it through this recession with our reserves intact, how we haven’t had to lay off any employees, how we’ve been able to fill our fire and police positions unlike many of the other cities around us,” said Ontario Councilwoman Debra Dorst-Porada. “And we are so close to getting our airport back that I would hope that they would see that we don’t need change in Ontario and they would support the incumbents since we are doing such a great job.”

Rancho Cucamonga has two city council seats and the mayoral position open and already, two people have pulled papers for the mayoral position, including incumbent Dennis Michael, and six have pulled papers for the city council positions, including incumbents Diane Williams and Bill Alexander.

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