By Stacie N. Galang
Six residents are vying for two spots on the City Council, and two candidates share the same name.
Since the Friday, August 10 filing period closed, incumbent councilman and retired aviator Robert Baker, businessman Robert Baker, retired businessman David Clegg, retired fire captain and incumbent Jim Dahl, firefighter Chris Hamm and business attorney Mike Mortenson qualified to run.
Each Bob Baker requested a numerical designation to appear on the ballot, one asking for 0 and the other for 1. When the ballots are made and the order set, Bob Baker No. 0 will appear before Bob Baker No. 1, according to City Clerk Joanne Baade. The ballot will warn voters that two candidates share the same name, she said.
Finance executive Jim Cerrone also filed papers but failed to get enough valid signatures, and Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green pulled papers but did not return them, the clerk said.
San Clemente City Clerk Joanne Baade and City Treasurer T. Pall Gudgeirsson will also appear on the ballot unopposed.
The order of candidates will be determined August 16 by the Secretary of State’s who draws an alphabet that designates how names will be listed on the ballot.