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A dozen people want to be Riverside’s next Ward 7 City Council member

By in Press Enterprise on August 28, 2017

By Alicia Robinson

Registered voters who live in Riverside’s Ward 7 and are interested in serving on the City Council have until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, to submit a letter of interest for the ward’s vacant seat.

The council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday — and if needed, at the same time Wednesday — to interview the 12 people who had applied as of Friday and any others who meet the deadline. The council will appoint someone following the interviews.

The city clerk’s website listed the applicants as Joe F. Ahlert, Mia Villeta Alvarado, Art Angel, Robert L. Gano, Gloria Mattson Huerta, Karl Jones, Anna M. Leath, Gil Oceguera, William Pearce, Steven Robillard, Ronald Shirley and Alysia Webb. Dirk Kenny also submitted a letter of interest but declined a council interview. All letters can be read on the clerk’s web page,

The appointee will serve a term that ends in 2019. The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Councilman John Burnard, who was elected in 2015 and stepped down earlier this month after his July arrest on suspicion of choking two women in a Lake Havasu domestic violence case. He has pleaded not guilty.

The council meets at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main St. For more information about the meetings or to apply for the seat, call 951-826-5557 or visit


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