Who are the 17 applicants for the Santa Rosa City Council?

Name: Don Taylor

Age: 53

Profession: Owner of Omelette Express

Lives: West Santa Rosa

Party: Republican

Issues: Polarization of council, budget

Noteworthy: Active in Sister Cities of Santa Rosa, has run unsuccessfully for council four times.

Name: Caroline Bañuelos

Age: 53

Profession: Former homeless services provider, current grade school tutor

Lives in: Rincon Valley

Party: Democrat

Issues: Rebuilding the economy, retraining workers

Noteworthy: Current planning commissioner, came in sixth in 2012 council race

Name: Mike Cook

Age: 33

Profession: Co-owner Santa Rosa landscape architecture firm

Lives in: Northwest Santa Rosa

Party: Democrat

Issues: Improving the economy, bringing council together

Noteworthy: Active in Santa Rosa Chamber. Served on Design Review Board. Pulled out of 2012 council race, came in 7th

Name: Hans Dippel

Age: 52

Profession: Sales and marketing executive at wine industry services firm

Lives in: Fountaingrove

Party: Democrat

Issues: Economic revitalization, pension reform

Noteworthy: Came in 8th in 2012 council race. Also was on ballot in 2008.

Name: Curtis Byrd

Age: 57

Profession: Community relations specialist for Blood Centers of the Pacific

Party: Democrat

Lives in: Northwest Santa Rosa

Issues: New ideas to boost economy, building community

Noteworthy: Planning commissioner, divinity student

Name: David Rosas

Age: 50

Profession: Telecommunications software analyst

Lives in: Roseland

Party: Democrat

Issues: Replacing redevelopment dollars, increasing tax revenues with new business.

Noteworthy: Community activist who ran for council in 2008.

Name: Robin Swinth

Age: 45

Profession: Former Agilent engineer

Lives in: Bennett Valley

Party: Democrat

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