Cloverdale City Council race a friendly contest

Two years ago, Mary Ann Brigham resigned halfway through her term on the Cloverdale City Council to devote more time to family and business.

Now she's back, running for another four-year term.

"It's been kind of a nice two years break," she said, adding that she was prodded to run again after being approached by different groups, "mostly business folks in town."

Brigham's return to political life doesn't seem to have sparked any hard feelings on the part of the two incumbents running for re-election, even though she might oust one of them in the Nov. 6 election.

"I don't have a problem with that. It's not like she doesn't like what I'm doing and she wants her chair back," said Councilman Bob Cox, who was appointed in 2010 to fill Brigham's remaining term. "She's legitimate."

Councilman Gus Wolter, who is going for his fourth four-year term, said "If I don't win, that's fine. I think the city will be in good hands, no matter who's elected to the council this time."

He said people often underestimate the time commitment for serving on the City Council, but the other candidates know what it takes.

"Both do a great job and know what's involved," Wolter said.

The genteel nature of the race could be because there aren't any current hot-button issues in the community of 8,600.

Economic development has been elusive in the former lumber mill town set at the rural northern edge of Sonoma County.

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