Cloverdale council incumbents so far running unopposed

Veteran Cloverdale City Council members Joe Palla and Carol Russell are both running for re-election, saying there is still work to be done to strengthen the city's economy and fulfill other goals.

Palla and Russell made their intentions known in separate announcements. Each is seeking a third four-year term.

Councilman Mike Maacks, who occupies the other seat up for grabs in November, indicated he is still mulling whether to seek a second term.

"I haven't made the decision yet," he said Thursday.

Candidates have until Aug. 8 to file to run. If Maacks chooses not to run, the filing date is extended to Aug. 13. So far, no others candidates have emerged.

Palla, 64, and Russell, 70, were both elected in 2006.

Palla said he wants to continue the efforts he's made as a council member to facilitate business retention and expansion and build a reserve fund in the city budget.

A former police chief in Cloverdale, Healdsburg and San Bruno, he wants to ensure Cloverdale is "equipped with the tools needed to keep our community safe."

That means working to convince voters in November to approve a utility users' tax to generate enough revenue in the city budget to modernize the aging police fleet and add another police officer.

Russell, who currently serves as mayor, is also supportive of the proposed utility tax, which will be discussed at a special council meeting June 30.

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