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Robert Parry Announces Write-In Campaign For City Council

The Monrovia resident and Army National Guard officer announced his write-in candidacy Friday morning.

There is now officially a race for Monrovia's open City Council seats.

Monrovia resident and Army National Guard officer Robert Parry announced Friday that he will mount a write-in campaign for City Council, challenging the two candidates on the ballot who filed to run for two open council spots.

In a letter to potential supporters, Parry said his decision to run came late because of the actions of Clarence Shaw, the former councilman who claimed he would run for re-election but then didn't and abruptly resigned after the filing period ended.

"I am late to the game, running as a write-in candidate," Parry wrote. "In mid-January, an incumbent pulled a fast one on the people of Monrovia and resigned from the council, which, in concert with other actions that in retrospect were clearly premeditated, left the City with two candidates running for two seats. The election would have been cancelled, but for the other council members' devotion to the fundamental concepts of democracy. Despite all of that, I would not be running, but for the fact that my upcoming deployment to Afghanistan was cancelled."

Parry was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and graduated from the University of La Verne with a B.A. in journalism and obtained an MBA from the University of Southern California. He's contributed articles to various media outlets and is known locally as a former blogger for the now-defunct Foothill Cities Blog and current blogger for Patch. Parry is currently self-employed as a marketing consultant after serving three combat tours with the Army National Guard overseas.

Parry said on his campaign website that his experience will guide him in making decisions should he win election to the council.

"I make the people of Monrovia three promises in return for your vote:  I will always do what I believe to be in the best interest of Monrovia," he wrote. "I will bring my experience as a father, husband, businessman and Army officer to every question. And I will respect all who come to participate in our democracy, regarding as a friend all who work to make Monrovia a better place to live, work and play."

Parry is the only person so far to announce a write-in campaign after the write-in filing period began earlier this week. He will challenge Larry Spicer and Alexander Blackburn in Monrovia's municipal elections on Apr. 9.

punkster February 15, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Thank you Robert for giving me and the Community a REAL choice!
R. Ray Morford February 15, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Outstanding Write-In Candidate. To be elected, you MUST make yourself well known around the community.
Tom Adams February 15, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Robert, thanks for giving Monrovia an opportunity to voice their opinion. Elections should be honest and open and I know you appreciate that, that is what your service to our country is all about.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM
And so the penultimate part of the election process works. The option was always there for a write-in candidate, and the City nearly bypassed that a few weeks ago save for a very important Council meeting when the decision was wisely made to allow the full process to come to fruition. I am glad to see it work. Thanks for throwing your name into the hopper, Robert, so that we might model for our children the democratic process. We may think we are just having an election, but, for our children, we are setting an example of how the system works.
Dan Crandell February 16, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Robert is ready for this. Monrovia needs this man on the City Council. Robert and Alex in those two chairs will compliment Mayor Lutz , Tom and Becky . Let's get this done in April. Gentlemen start your campaigns.
Marg February 16, 2013 at 03:15 AM
You have my vote, Robert. You are a patriot and a moral man!
Dan Crandell February 16, 2013 at 04:41 AM
I encourage every Monrovian to view Roberts Campaign Website. He will be making campaign visits throughout the City over the next few weeks. Talk to your friends and neighbors about setting up a campaign briefing by Robert in your area. Please consider a contribution as well to support this effort. His Website will detail how that can be done very easily. Vote Monrovia ... Write In Robert Parry in April
Robert Parry February 16, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Thank you all for your very kind words. I am committed to running a campaign focused not on April 9, but on April 10; On building and accelerating, not on tearing down. I believe there are great challenges ahead for this community, and I am very honored that so many of you look to me for help in navigating that treacherous terrain. Whoever comes to this great debate of democracy with a heart filled with what they feel is best for our community is a friend of mine. Thanks again for your kind words!
Dan Crandell February 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
If my math is correct we have 51 days and a WAKE UP to make this happen. We can do this people
punkster February 16, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Who is heading up the AWARENESS campaign - that there is a choice?
Gayle M. Montgomery February 16, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Punkster, it's up to each of us. I read Robert's well created campaign site, and cross posted it to my 1100+ member Facebook page, calling it out to Monrovians who are there. The weekend is not as an advantageous time to place it on Twitter. I've got just under 1400 followers there and plan to make it known there once or twice. This neither an endorsement nor a disavowal. Folks deserve to know there is another choice and can then make up their own minds. I encourage all who have contacts in Monrovia to get the message out on that basis. (S)he can decide for her/himself if Robert is the right choice for their values, but they deserve to know. Folks get busy in their day-to-day and may not know. Those who believe Robert is the best person for the job could blog as to why for the Patch and/or send him a quote he can use on the site. Those who want him elected should know that it is expensive to run even at write in with collateral and such. He has a donation option on his page, including PayPal to help defray these costs. You may wish to consider chipping in what you can. I wish I could say that elections are free and cheap. Simply not so. Time to help spread the word that there is another pony in this parade.
Robert Parry February 17, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Folks: Again, thanks for your inspiring words. If anyone wishes to help move this campaign closer to victory, please drop me a line at http://www.elect-robert-parry.org/#!contact-me/c1lmq Thanks!
Tom Adams February 18, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Well said Gayle! The thought that some tried to take our election away is almost incomprehensible. Let's all hope that people do a little checking on candidates and vote for the one that they think best serves our community!
Dan Crandell February 18, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Hello Gayle and Tom. This election has a very exciting curve ball involved in Robert Parry's write in status. Tom please explain how the ballet is formatted to this process. No room for error can be allowed in this election. Please educate us.
Dan Crandell February 18, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Tom please correct me if I'm wrong. The ballet will show the two open council seats . Each seat will have a named candidate ie Spicer on one and Blackburn.on the other. Each spot will have a write in line on which Parry can be placed in effect nullifying the named candidate on that line. Is this correct?
Gayle M. Montgomery February 19, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Keep the suspense going, folks. Rumor has it that another candidate MAY also file for write-in status. This makes for an exciting time to live in Monrovia when we get to have more than a ho-hum election but real people, making tough decisions to run or not run. So glad our Council voted to go forward with the full election and didn't just pull the rug out from under the full process as designed. Can't say more about the potential for an additional write-in, but I'm looking forward to what the next few days may reveal.
Dan Crandell February 19, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Gayle we have two very motivated candidates. Robert gave me Yards Signs last night. The excitement comes with the challenges we face in vetting them with our neighbors. quickly. April here WE come. We can do this. PS Robert and Alex need funding to see this through. Please encourage people to make contributions to their selected candidate.
Gayle M. Montgomery February 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM
This just in. The candidate who indicated he MAY run has decided that, rather than to split the write-in vote and incur an outcome a number of us do not want, he is not going to run at this time and will be publicly endorsing Mr. Parry as a write-in and his candidate of choice. He will also be supporting Mr. Blackburn as I understand it. He may revisit this option for a future election period, and will be actively working behind the scenes for a better Monrovia.
Dan Crandell February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM
This man made the right decision for Monrovia at this time. Robert is in this to win and is gaining support. I to endorse both Parry and Blachburn. Because of the limited time I have available I will give more time to Robert because his is an uphill battle. It would be a foolish mistake to underestimate Spicer. He has strong support. Robert has a meet/greet Saturday at Rudy's at 8PM. This is becoming very much worth the efforts. Do you have Yard Signs yet?

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