Here are bios for the three candidates running for two seats on the Pinole City Council in the Nov. 6 election. Biographical details were provided by the candidates.
Name: Peter Murray
Occupation: Business development director, Contra Costa Electric Co.
Political experience: Current city of Pinole mayor, five years; 20 years total on the City Council; three years as a city of Pinole Planning and Design Review Board commissioner. Other service: West Contra Costa Integrated Waste Management Authority; East Bay Park District/Pinole/Hercules/West County Trail JPA; Pinole/Hercules Wastewater JPA; WestCat Transportation Authority JPA; League of California Cities Environmental Committee; East Bay Division of the League of California Cities; Pinole Redevelopment Agency; Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board; Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board Youth Council; Pinole Assisted Living board of directors; West County Mayor's Conference and Contra Costa County Mayor's Conference and past Mayor's Conference Executive Board member; California Coastal Commission's Pinole Area Bay Front Annual Cleanup coordinator
Education: Contra Costa Community College, Diablo Valley Community College, graduated IBEW-NECA/state of California Certified Electrician
Name: Ivette Ricco
Occupation: Retired businesswoman
Political Experience: President, Pinole Chamber of Commerce, 2008-12; executive director, Pinole Chamber of Commerce, 2002-07; Pinole Design Review Board, 2007-08; Pinole Community Services Commission 2008-10; vice president, Pinole chapter AARP, 2009-10; WCCUSD Bond Oversight Committee, 2010-present; Save the Pinole Swim Center Committee, 2011-present
Education: Contra Costa College, Computer Science, management, real estate, accounting, economics, journalism courses
Name: Roy V. Swearingen
Occupation: Semi-retired/part-time construction consultant
Political experience: First elected to the Pinole City Council in 1986 for a four-year term serving one year as mayor in 1989; elected to the Pinole City Council a second time in 2008 as a recall candidate replacement; re-elected in November 2008 to a four-year term, serving as mayor in 2011
Education: Associate of Arts degree from Contra Costa College in economics; attended UC Berkeley and studied engineering; graduate of Laney College apprenticeship in HVAC/sheetmetal; certified journey level sheetmetal mechanic