WALNUT CREEK -- As a potential candidate enters the race for city council another is disqualified.
In the past week, Loella Haskew pulled papers from the Walnut Creek City Clerk indicating she may run for one of the three four-year City Council seats. Haskew is a certified public accountant who most recently served on the city's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Fiscal Health.
In a twist, Jeff Pickett -- who had pulled papers to run last week -- discovered around the same time as City Clerk Suzie Martinez that he did not live in the city limits of Walnut Creek. Instead he lives in unincorporated Contra Costa County with a Walnut Creek address. This makes him ineligible to run, so he is out. Martinez said she checks that potential candidates are registered to vote while they are in her office but will now make sure they are voting in city elections.
Mayor Bob Simmons, Mayor Pro Tem Kish Rajan and Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove have all pulled papers to run as well.
Veteran incumbent Councilman Gary Skrel has yet to announce whether he will seek a fourth term.
The deadline to file is Aug. 10 unless an incumbent chooses not to run; then, the deadline is extended to Aug. 15.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.