By Mark Carlisle
All of the three city council members whose terms end in 2018 — Lauren Tolmachoff of the Cholla District, Bart Turner of the Barrell District and Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District — have announced they will run for re-election next fall. All three are in their first term on council.
No one has emerged as a challenger for any of the three seats yet as candidates do not officially file to enter the races until April 30 — May 30. City Clerk Julie Bower said that candidate packets will be available to pick up soon, which will show which residents are at least showing interest in running.
Ms. Tolmachoff announced her candidacy first, July 28 at a Lunch Mob event at the Rogue Tomato, 18561 N. 59th Ave. No. 122. Lunch Mobs are events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with a specific councilmember. Mr. Turner also announced at a Lunch Mob Aug. 25 at Cheba Hut, 5925 W. Olive Ave. No. 2. Mr. Aldama announced most recently at a difference chamber event, the First Friday breakfast networking event, Sept. 8 at Cuff, 5819 W. Glendale Ave.