LAFAYETTE -- With no challengers to city council incumbents Don Tatzin and Brandt Andersson, and no local tax measures on the ballot, Lafayette's City Council will have to decide Aug. 20 whether or not to hold an election in November.

By law, a local election becomes optional when there are no challengers or tax measures on the ticket. The cost savings for the city if the council decides not to hold an election can range from $15,000 to $80,000, depending on which districts are also hosting items on the ballot, City Clerk Joanne Robbins said.

"I assume this reflects a general satisfaction of the job we're doing," incumbent Vice Mayor Brandt Andersson said Tuesday, "and I'm looking forward to the next four years."

For his part, Tatzin said he sees things a bit differently. "It takes two things for people to run," Tatzin said. "A desire to run because they can do a better job and having the time to commit," he said, before adding that he wasn't sure which of the two reasons -- lack of time or satisfaction with the current council -- was responsible for the small Lafayette field this year.

But the two incumbents agreed on one thing -- that not campaigning for the next few months would free them up to focus on other city issues.

In their last election in 2010, each incumbent came in solidly ahead of challengers Traci Reilly and Dino Riggio with Tatzin garnering 33 percent of the vote and Andersson winning 30 percent.Jennifer Baires covers Orinda, Lafayette and Moraga. Contact her at 925-943-8378. Follower her at


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  • What: Special Lafayette City Council Meeting
  • When: 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20
  • Where: Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Conference Room #265