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Third Slow Growth Activist Drops Potential Council Bid
By Jorge Casuso
August 13, 2018 -- Nine candidates for Santa Monca City Council filed nominating papers by Friday's deadline, with three leaders of the slow-growth movement choosing not to file.
Mary Marlow, who is a sponsor of a term limits measure on the November 6 ballot, was the latest anti-development activist to chose not to run after pulling nominating petitions.
She follows in the footsteps of Armen Melkonians and Kate Bransfield, two Residocracy leaders who announced their decision not to run last week ("Two Slow-Growth Challengers No Longer Council Hopefuls," August 7, 2018).
"I looked at how many people are running," Marlow said. "The more people running, the more it helps the incumbents.
"I didn't think there would be so much opposition."
The term limits initiative Marlow and Council member Sue Himmelrich sponsored was another reason not to run, she said.
"I think term limits will have a much bigger impact than serving one or two terms on the Council," Marlow said. "The impact is so much greater."
The measure -- which would limit Council members to three terms -- would prevent incumbents from serving "virtually lifelong" terms ("Ballot Arguments Underscore Key Differences Over Term Limits For Santa Monica Council," August 8, 2018).
Only two incumbents have failed to be reelected in the past 24 years, and two of the current councilmembers were initially appointed to fill vacancies created when longtime council members died in office.
So far, incumbents Kevin McKeown and Himmelrich have qualified for the ballot after submitting nominating petitions signed by at least 100 registered Santa Monica voters.
Challenger Greg Morena -- who along with Himmelrich and McKeown won the endorsement of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights -- also has qualified for the ballot.
Incumbent Pam O'Connor submitted her nominating papers last Thursday.
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