Burlingame campaigns kick off 

With the election for City Council four months away, some of the contenders are getting a head start as they vie for two open seats with Mayor Terry Nagel and Councilman Russ Cohen running for re-election.

Nagel and Cohen will defend their seats against two challengers — and possibly a third — in November. The two challengers, Jerry Deal and Peter Comaroto, have already had launch parties; Nagel is holding a launch party tonight. A possible fifth candidate, Gene Condon, who ran unsuccessfully in 2005, said Monday he will announce his intention within two weeks. Filing for candidacy runs between July 16 and Aug. 10.

Cohen, who is on the tail end of a two-year term, said he has not considered a date for a kickoff event.

When asked if campaign seasons are starting earlier and earlier, he said, "It sure seems that way. I feel the message is more important than ceremonial parties, and hopefully my message will resonate with the constituency."

Deal and Comaroto hosted kickoff parties last month.

This will be Deal’s second shot at the council after a losing bid in 1999. Comaroto, who sits on the Parks and Recreation Commission, already has an elaborate Web site and claims he has raised more than $20,000.

Both Nagel and Cohen said Monday that the council has made strides in advancing civic engagement and city hall transparency, and in moving toward completing a downtown specific plan.

Comaroto named ongoing deliberations over a new Safeway grocery store, the Easton Drive tree named "Tom," and the lack of earthquake retrofitting at the Recreation Center as issues that need resolutions.

bfoley@examiner.com


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