Here are biographies of the candidates in the Walnut Creek City Council election on Nov. 6.

Barry Grove

Age: 49

Occupation: Contra Costa County deputy district attorney since 1992.

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Homicide prosecutor. Lead investigator for officer-involved shootings. President, Deputy District Attorney Association last six years.

Personal background: Married to his wife Denise and has a son Jesse.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Fresno State. Team captain, championship football team

Juris Doctorate degree, University of the Pacific. Graduated with "distinction." Honor society member

Bob Simmons

Age: 64

Occupation: Retired attorney

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retired in 2004, as regional attorney for the department's Pacific Region, supervising 25 attorneys in three states.

Elected to Walnut Creek City Council 2008, appointed mayor in 2011. On Board of Directors of the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection), Contra Costa Mayors' Conference appointee to the East Bay Regional Park District, Park Advisory Committee and the Bay Area Hazardous Waste Management Facility Allocation Committee.

Served on the Planning Commission from 2004-2008, and the Park, Recreation and Open Space Commission from 2000-2004.

Personal background: Married to wife Judy and two sons Paul and Mike, who went to local schools.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in economics and a juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin, Master of laws in natural resource law from the National Law Center at George Washington University.

Loella Haskew

Age: 66

Occupation: CPA

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Practicing CPA for more than 30 years with a tax specialization. In the process of retiring from partnership at Buckley Patchen, Riemann & Hall.

Personal background: Married to husband Ralph and has a son, Steven Dotterer.

Education: Bachelor of Science in accounting (summa cum laude) and Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University.

Justin Wedel

Age: 33

Occupation: Owner of IT firm Alamo Ridge

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Started his professional career at the city of Walnut Creek as a computer technician and went on to work at technology companies throughout the Bay Area as an IT executive and department leader. President of the Woodlands Homeowners Association. Member of Diablo View Rotary of Walnut Creek, Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association. Contra Costa Citizens Redistricting Task Force member.

Personal background: Married to wife Melissa and has two daughters.

Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University-Hayward School of Business and Economics