BRENTWOOD -- With no formal opposition to the incumbents in the Brentwood City Council election, Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant and Councilman Steve Barr may be reappointed to new terms or have their names appear on the November ballot.
The council must decide whether to hold the local election or appoint Barr and Bryant to new, four-year terms based on California Election Code 10229, noted Brentwood City Clerk Margaret Wimberly. She added that the council must appoint by Aug. 21 or the election will be automatically held.
Bryant and Barr were the only two candidates to file election paperwork and qualify for the ballot by the Aug. 8 deadline. Political newcomer Jamie Tobin pulled papers, but not by the deadline.
Both incumbents expressed that the lack of opposition could indicate that local voters are generally pleased with the current leadership in the city. Barr said that a council campaign takes time and energy that could be better used for city business.
"I think folks are happy with the way things are going in town and leadership along with a very capable city staff who have a lot to do with it," Barr said. "Brentwood is fortunate to have many members of our community that serve on city commissions and volunteer in many capacities that would make excellent candidates given the opportunity."
Bryant echoed Barr's statements, saying that the current council has done a lot of positive work on behalf of Brentwood residents, including the creation of additional police department positions, the installation of an All-Abilities Playground, support for ongoing Highway 4 improvements and the approval of a new General Plan that protects agricultural land.
"I think that for the most part the residents that we work for are happy with the job that we are doing as a council and showed this in their decision to allow us to remain unopposed this year in sitting in these council seats that belong to the voters of the community," Bryant said.
This will be the second term for both Bryant and Barr, who were elected to the council as newcomers in 2010.
"The council still has to decide what direction that it is going to take about the election," Bryant said.
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