Saturday, August 30, 2014

The City of Redlands will elect three council members on November 4th. Seven candidates have successfully filed for the race including two incumbents, a former county supervisor, a former public information officer, an insurance agent, a tattoo parlor owner, and a “domestic engineer.” Council member Bob Gardner decided not to seek reelection leaving an open seat.

This should be a very interesting race. Incumbents Paul Foster and Jon Harrison should have a significant advantage due to name identification and incumbency. Paul Barich, who owns an insurance agency and has served on Boards of non-profits and the Chamber of Commerce has never run for public office, but has some advantages as a Redlands insider. Jane Dreher, who once served on city staff and recently retired as a public information officer for the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) also has some insider advantages.

Tabetha Wittenmyer was formerly the city’s director of the Quality of Life Department (whatever that means) and is the youngest of the field who’s ballot statement now reads “domestic engineer.” John Montgomery owns two Tattoo Parlors in Redlands and is a virtual unknown in political circles. Rounding out the field is the surprise candidate of the election, former County Supervisor Neil Derry.

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