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Why are incumbents not facing challengers in the San Gabriel Valley?

Alhambra residents have expressed frustration with local civic participation after eight incumbents ran unopposed in municipal elections in the past two years. The city appears not to be alone. A lack of candidates running for municipal offices is impacting other San Gabriel Valley cities. 

In two eastern San Gabriel Valley cities, all five incumbents in upcoming March city council elections will be automatically reelected because they are not facing challengers, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. In San Dimas, nobody is challenging the mayor and two councilmen. In Glendora, two councilmembers qualified to run for re-election. A resident pulled nomination papers to challenge one of them, but did not file them in time. 

Alhambra canceled municipal elections in 2010 when no one challenged three city council and two school board members up for re-election. This year, the city canceled elections for a city council member and two school board members running unopposed.

Read the full article from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.


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1 thought on “Why are incumbents not facing challengers in the San Gabriel Valley?”

  1. Money, money, money – incumbents have the ability to get loads of money doing the bidding for wealthy donors/business but residents do not have access to that amount of money; for example look at the recent council voting in Alhambra, the incumbent Steve Placido had sooo much money to get re-elected while his opponent (who was oppossing unrestrained development) had to settle for fund raising activities. not enough to counter Placido’s big bucks.