Beverly Hills City Council incumbents Lili Bosse and Julian Gold, along with Planning Commissioner Lori Greene Gordon ,officially became the first candidates to formally file for the March 2020 General Municipal Election on Tuesday.
“It’s always exciting to see democracy in action,” City Clerk Huma Ahmed told the Courier Tuesday afternoon at the close of the first official day for candidates to file to run. “We look forward to the busy months ahead as the election season moves into full swing.”
Candidates have until Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. to file the extensive form to become a City Council candidate with the City Clerk’s office.
Gold began the morning at Kelly’s Coffee & Fudge Factory just outside City Hall where a bevy of supporters turned out to sign his nomination form.
“I support him because I trust him,” said Judie Fenton, who has known Gold for 30 years and is once again helming the incumbent’s efforts to be elected for a third term. “I think that he’s done a remarkable job. I don’t think that being a City Council member is an easy job. I’d like to see him reelected to City Council.”
Just two blocks away, Councilwoman Bosse drew almost 200 supporters to Alfred Beverly Hills where her reelection campaign manager, Human Relations Commissioner Annette Saleh, who is helping run Bosse’s campaign with her husband Marc Saleh, diligently worked to collect signatures for the incumbent’s nomination form for a third term.
“Lili’s willingness and enthusiasm to step up for another term is an incredible gift that benefits our entire community,” Annette Saleh said.
Said Bosse: “Our community is my passion. I love Beverly Hills with all my heart and soul. The next four years are full of important opportunities for our City as well as many complex challenges. I believe that our community values my accessibility, work ethic, grasp of the issues and level of preparation. I am looking forward to working together on behalf of our beloved City to ensure a beautiful future we all want and love.”
Like Fenton, the Salehs are serving as campaign chairs for their candidate for a third term. Notably, both Bosse and Gold ran unopposed for their second terms on City Council.
Commissioner Gordon, who invited supporters signing her nomination papers for breakfast at a residence on Crescent Drive, is the only official candidate so far who has not spent the previous eight-plus years serving on the Beverly Hills City Council.
Said Gordon: “After 40 years in business and nearly five years on our Planning Commission, I know I have the knowledge and experience to meet the internal and external challenges that face our great City. I’m running for Beverly Hills City Council because I want to help the City plan for and envision an even better future. It is time for a change, and I have the background and passion for this City to help lead it into the 2020s and beyond.”
“I’m supporting Lori because I think she’s great for the job,” said Linda Brown, who’s running Gordon’s campaign together with her husband Ed Brown. “She has the knowledge and experience to do a great job.”
As of press time, just three candidates had filed papers to run for two available seats on the Beverly Hills City Council.