Public safety, city spending and blight were among top issues five Brentwood City Council candidates covered during the recent Election Previews 2012 debate.

Incumbents Bob Brockman and Erick Stonebarger are running for additional terms alongside newcomers Gene Clare, Carissa Pillow and former councilman Chris Becnel. The debate was moderated by Times' political reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen and will start airing on Oct. 4 via Channel 24.

Stonebarger said that his priorities of fiscal sustainability, infrastructure and public safety have not changed during his six years in office.

"We need to get to a balanced budget so our revenues exceed all of our expenditures," he said. "Without that fiscal sustainability, we can't prioritize public safety."

Brockman is seeking election to a third term and said that his leadership helped to set quality development standards and manage the city's growth. The former Planning Commissioner said that he has done a tremendous job on the council and helped to resolve many past issues.

Calling himself a trusted civic and educational leader, Clare said that he would like to help plan good development and prioritize the needs of the North Brentwood corridor as a councilman.

"For me, my inspiration comes from service to others," Clare said.

Becnel said that much was accomplished during his tenure on the council, including the planning of the Brentwood Civic Center and downtown improvements.

"While other cities are now rehiring police officers, we never laid them off," he said. "This is our town and our future, and we need to work together to move forward."

As a mother and commuter, Pillow said that she understands the concerns of the majority of residents. She is passionate about attracting high-paying jobs, supporting police officers and working to make Brentwood the greenest and most sustainable community in the nation.

"I want to establish a community vision that joins together all sectors of our community," she said.

Reach staff writer Paula King at 925-779-7174 or pking@bayareanewsgroup.com.

waTch the Forum

Brentwood City Council -- Channel 24: 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1 and 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4. Channel 28 in Concord: 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28, Nov. 2, 3, 4 and 5.
A video of the round-table is also available online at www.contracostatimes.com.

Erick StoneBarger

Age: 35
Occupation: Fourth-generation farmer
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Appointed to the Brentwood City Council in 2007 and elected in 2008

Bob Brockman

Age: 57
Occupation: Engineering instructor and contractor
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Seeking a third term after being elected to the Brentwood City Council in 2004 and former Brentwood Planning Commissioner

Chris Becnel

Age: 56
Occupation: Attorney and CPA
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Former Brentwood City Councilman from 2006-2010 and former Brentwood Planning Commissioner

Gene Clare

Age: 59
Occupation: Assistant superintendent of the Liberty Union High School District
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Former Liberty High School principal and avid community volunteer

Carissa Pillow

Age: 38
Occupation: Registered nurse at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek
Professional background/occupation/elected history: Poltical newcomer