Thousand Oaks: City to hold special election in June for Irwin’s Seat

cure times;”>By Kelsey Stuart

With a seat open in the five-member council from Jacqui Irwin’s recent ascent to Assemblywoman, three speakers addressed the council Tuesday night on suggestions for the upcoming Special Election.

Moorpark College Baseball player, Emery Johnson, came straight from practice to express his desire to have an election without appointment by the council. “As a now functioning member of the community I want to exercise my constitutional right,” Johnson said.

He argued that if the council appointed someone then the student body wouldn’t be able to get their voices heard and exercise the right of voting fairly on a candidate they choose.

Thomas Adams, another speaker, noted that appointing a candidate gives them a special advantage to the election.

Richard Zierer, a senior at Westlake High School, agreed.  “I plan on running for that fifth spot in June,” Zierer said. He came to the council tonight to see if they would be appointing someone for the Special Election. “It will give us all a fair chance,” Zierer said.

Rick Zierer poses with his friends and fellow Westlake High School Senior (from the left: Zach Wood, Conor Richards, Rick Zierer and Cameron Clark)

Rick Zierer poses with his friends and fellow Westlake High School Senior (from the left: Zach Wood, Conor Richards, Rick Zierer and Cameron Clark)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The council voted 4-0 for the three resolutions regarding the Special Election to fill the councilmember vacancy. (http://www.toaks.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=29585)

“We will hold a special election in June and we will serve with a four member council until then,” Councilmember Andy Fox said.

“Many years ago Bob Lewis chose me for a planning commission spot.” Fox said as he addressed the public comments on the Special Election. “Bob and I had never met, if it had not been for him I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

Fox ended his fifth term as mayor that evening.

A host of dignitaries, including Nancy Frawley, representative of Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin, presented an award to Fox on Irwin’s behalf.

“For being the driving force of harmony and balance, it was very fitting that you were at the helm with the 50th anniversary,” Frawley said as she addressed Fox in a speech written by Irwin, stating that Irwin titled Fox as one of her mentors.

“We didn’t get here by accident,” Fox said, reminding the city that it is because of the steps made by the city’s founding father’s that have made Thousand Oaks what it is today.

At Fox’s nomination the torch passed quickly to Al Adam, past Mayor Pro Tem to fill the roll of Thousand Oaks Mayor for 2015.

 Newly elected Mayor Al Adam shakes former mayor and current councilman Andy Fox.

Newly elected Mayor Al Adam shakes former mayor and current councilman Andy Fox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“There were a lot of times this last year that Al had to step in as Mayor that were sometimes last minute,” Fox said.

Fox commented on the busy year he had with his kids and family and that Adam’s was always willing to step in and act as Mayor for the city.

“I guess I don’t have to park at Pep Boys anymore,” the newly appointed, Mayor Al Adam commented. He joked he might actually get a closer parking spot now.

Mayor Adam said he looks forward to this next year, “As far as the next year goes I want to turn all of our visions into realities – 2015 will be a year of implementation and action,” he said.

Adam also mentioned that he wants to see a vibrant downtown on Thousand Oaks Boulevard and an annual attraction that will boost the economy and generate tourism.

Fox declared Adam’s business and financial background a perfect match for what the city will see this next year, “He has been a longtime business person – an ambassador of the city.”

After serving two and a half years councilmember Joel Price was elected to his first four-year term with the city in November, and after the nomination from councilmember Claudia Bill de-la Pena he will now preside as Mayor Pro Tem.

“You represent the city of Thousand Oaks in all you do and I look forward to the next four years,” Bill-de la Pena said of Mayor Pro Tem Price.

The three newly elected councilmembers, (Bill-de la Pena, Price and Fox) were all sworn in under oath to officially begin their four year terms with the city.

Kelsey Stuart is a freelance journalist in Ventura County; she is a published writer of more than 200 articles ranging from the Fresno Bee to the Ventura County Star, and everything in between.

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