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Clarence Shaw, Larry Spicer Each Running for City Council

Councilman Clarence Shaw and his interim replacement, Larry Spicer, will each be seeking a seat on the City Council with two seats up for grabs in April.

Monrovia City Councilman Clarence Shaw plans to run for reelection in April and he'll be vying against the man who was appointed to replace him when he shipped off to active duty in the U.S. Army.

Interim Councilman Larry Spicer is also running for one of the two open seats on the council and could potentially join Shaw on the council after he took over his seat in December 2011. Both Spicer and Shaw confirmed to Patch Tuesday that they intend to run.

Shaw, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, left for a deployment in July 2011. Shaw said in a brief telephone interview that he has pulled the paperwork to run in April but did not say when he will return to Monrovia.

The two candidates will face off against at least one more candidate, according to city records. Alexander Blackburn, a local attorney, has filed to run for City Council as well, records show.

The last day to file paperwork to run for a council seat is Wednesay, Jan. 16, according to City Clerk Alice Atkins. The closing date to file for a mayoral run was Friday and current Mayor Mary Ann Lutz will be running unopposed, records show.

Atkins and Treasurer Steve Baker are also running for reelection unopposed.

Craig Covell January 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
I am disappointed with the ability of our city to attract quality candidates to run for City Council and the Office of Mayor. Clarence Shaw is a local hero for serving his country and our city and he is an example of a person who should be serving on the council. One with high integrity. Larry Spicer, on the other hand, as I have read here, has quite alot of baggage and doesn't seem to hold the highest standards that the citizens deserve. A bad appointment in the first place that could just get worse if he is elected. I have not heard of Mr. Blackburn, but I am sure we will have our chance during the campaign. Let's see who else files by today, but it is clear that before the next 2 year cycle is up, we need a citizens group to find and support qualified candidates to run for office. We cannot afford to recycle the same folks and expect different results.
Tom Adams January 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Craig, there will be no campaign. Only two people filed for the two seats. It looks like Spicer and Blackburn are in.
Craig Covell January 17, 2013 at 09:21 PM
That is really a shame. But it is own fault. Why can't we attract quality and qualified folks to run ?
Robert Parry January 17, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I hear at least one person has submitted to run as a write-in already.

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