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By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2016 (El Cajon) — Planners, business and marketing leaders, a teacher, a restaurant partner, and a mother/ex-deejay are among the ten candidates who have qualified for the ballot to run El Cajon’s City Council in November, the city clerk confirms.

Council members Star Bales and Bob McClellan are seeking reelection, but Council member Tony Ambrose is stepping down, leaving an open seat.  Since incumbent Ambrose did not file for reelection, the candidate filing deadline was extended by five days and the number of candidates grew from six to ten.

The challengers are:

Vickie Knight Butcher, a former El Cajon planning commissioner with a law degree, heads up the nonprofit Water for Children Africa and has previously run for Congress.

Paul Circo, a planning commissioner, heads up security for Shadow Mountain Church.

Humbert Cabrera, owner of a design and drafting firm, was El Cajon Citizen of the Year in 2015 for his leadership in service clubs and other community organizations.

Joseph Fountain is teacher at O’Farrell Charter School with a masters in Education.  Who says he has run local businesses and previously ran for Congress in Massachusetts. Locally he is a Lion’s Club member and community volunteer.

George Glover has served on the city’s veterans commission and on the East County Chamber of Commerce’s veterans round table, is a partner in The Wrangler Family Barbecue, and a senior IT Manager at Oracle Corporation.

Steve Goble is a marketing executive who has said he wants to bring a business perspective to the Council.

Stephanie Harper, a mother and former deejay, stated at the East County Chamber’s recent Politics in Paradise wants to focus on alleviating poverty and on getting the East County Performing Arts Center reopened and the new animal shelter built.

Ben Kalasho, president of the East County Chaldean Chamber of Commerce., ran previously in 2012, coming within 400 votes of winning a Council seat.

The top three vote-getters will win election to the El Cajon City Council in November.