Five candidates are vying for two seats on the Rialto City Council in the November election.
As one of the few remaining cities that elects representatives not by geographical district but by a citywide contest, voters on Nov. 8 will decide the pair they want on the dais the next four years.
The election pits two incumbents — one elected, one appointed — against a former congressman and two others.
Below is information on each council hopeful as shared in their respective candidate statement or campaign website:
Vying for his fifth noncongruent term in office, Ed Scott knows “the importance of building a strong city, bringing in jobs and new businesses,” he wrote in his campaign statement.
The 70-year-old opposes any new taxes or fees “that further burden our families,” he added.
Scott supports strong police and fire departments, and vows to “continue to make sure they get the tools they need to keep our neighborhoods safe for our families,” he wrote. Recent economic development has made Rialto somewhere people can shop, Scott added, which in turn has generated millions to satisfy infrastructure and recreation needs.
Without residents’ support and help, he concluded, “that would never have happened.”
As a former U.S. congressman, Joe Baca believes his vision, experience, education and leadership can keep Rialto on a prosperous path.
Father to former Rialto councilman and current San Bernardino County Supervisor Joe Baca Jr., Baca pledges to increase economic growth, create quality jobs and improve public safety, according to his candidate statement.
Transportation infrastructure needs attention, he added, and potholes and sidewalks must be repaired.
Baca also sees value in partnering with the school district to enhance “educational safety” and expand after school programs.
Lastly, he wrote, Rialto has to “work on addressing our homeless, improve services for our seniors, find solutions to help veterans and maintain a balanced budget.”
Andrew Seyfried is a teacher, according to the Registrar of Voters. He did not file a candidate statement and does not appear to have a campaign website.
Endorsed by Mayor Deborah Robertson and retired school board President Joanne Gilbert, Kelly Erving would “seek innovative, yet achievable solutions” to the city’s challenges as an elected official, she wrote on her campaign website.
Helping the homeless population is a point of emphasis, she added, as is enhancing public safety, ensuring a living wage for all workers and growing local business.
Erving, a special needs analyst with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, vows: “Everyone will be heard and have an equal voice with me.”
The lifelong Inland Empire resident is a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the Woman’s Club of Rialto and Vernon Bragg Jr. Toastmasters Club 4064.
Rialto “can do more to improve everyone’s quality of life,” she wrote.
Appointed to the City Council two years ago, Karla Perez now seeks a full term in office.
The 40-year-old and longtime Rialto resident “knows the importance of having a community we feel safe in and are proud to live in,” she wrote in her candidate statement.
A mother of three, Perez identifies children as the future, “and I support a strong Police and Fire Department to keep them and the rest of our residents safe by making sure they continue to receive the proper tools they need,” she wrote.
If elected, Perez vows to continue bringing new jobs and businesses to town “while also focusing on improving our current structures, streets, and parks.”
With Rialto still navigating the coronavirus pandemic, Perez wrote that residents “should not have to face an increase in fees or taxes within our city.”