Ex-councilman Eric Ziedrich joins Healdsburg race

  • Eric Ziedrich.

Eric Ziedrich, who has “retired” twice from the Healdsburg City Council, just can’t seem to stay away.

The former mayor, who served two four-year terms on the council, with the last ending in 2010, announced he is running for one of the two open seats on the November ballot.

Ziedrich said even though it’s been four years since he last served, he’s been paying attention to the issues facing Healdsburg and the county.

“I have a lot to offer. I have a lot of strong experience in areas I think are critically important now, especially with the very slow (economic) recovery, said Ziedrich, who touts his “strong, financial-business background.”

Ziedrich, 58, is the owner, president and chief executive of Healdsburg Lumber Co., which he founded 29 years ago. He also is vice president of North Coast Builders Exchange, which helps provide training, education and group insurance for contractors and subcontractors.

Periodically, the businessman with name recognition has made noises about running again for council, but this time he said it’s for certain.

He is one of three other declared candidates running for the seats being vacated by incumbents Susan Jones and Jim Wood, both of whom have decided not to seek re-election. Wood is running instead for State Assembly.

The others vying for a City Council seat are Jeff Civian, a planning commissioner and retired civil engineer; Brigette Mansell, a high school English teacher; and Tim Meinken, a winery owner and former pension and benefits consultant. Planning Commissioner Mark Zimmerman withdrew from the race last week.

Ziedrich’s first term on the City Council was from 1996 to 2000 before being re-elected six years later. He also served on the Planning Commission and the high school and hospital boards.

Ziedrich offers an explanation for his pattern of serving nonconsecutive council terms:

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