4 contenders plan run for Healdsburg council

Four people have taken out papers to run for Healdsburg City Council, including incumbents Gary Plass and Tom Chambers.

Two others who plan to be on the Nov. 6 ballot are Shaun McCaffery, a mechanical engineer, and Vernon Simmons, a former Healdsburg planning commissioner.

Councilman Steve Babb has decided not to seek re-election. A retired Healdsburg fire captain, he was elected two years ago to fill the unexpired term of Mike McGuire, who was elected county supervisor.

"The biggest reason, is it's time-consuming," Babb said of his decision to not see re-election. His business, teaching driver's education, has "blossomed, or exploded more than I thought," he said.

In all, three of the five seats on the council will be up for grabs.

Plass, 59, a real estate agent and former Healdsburg police sergeant, has served two terms and as many times as mayor, the post he now occupies.

"I still enjoy the job and feel I have a lot to offer," he said. "I have a strong sense of where we are and where we need to be. I'd like to do another four years and continue to serve the community."

Chambers, 61, was on the City Council from 1992 to 1996 before taking a break. He re-entered local politics in 2008, winning a four-year term.

He works as an executive with Deposition Sciences, a Santa Rosa optical coating company.

"I've invested a bunch of time to get to this point to understand the issues and the situation. It seems I'd be bailing out if I decided not to run," Chambers said.

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