Familiar faces to lead Roseville forward

Two incumbents, former mayor finish on top
By: Susan Belknap Press-Tribune Editor
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For the first time in the history of Roseville according to documents dating back to 1910, women will outnumber the men serving on the Roseville City Council. Although there were six candidates on the ballot, there were only three positions available. Longtime Roseville resident Pauline Roccucci came out at the top with 23.49 percent of the vote. “I’m totally excited,” she said Thursday. “I can’t wait to get started.” Council incumbents Carol Garcia and John Allard followed close behind Roccucci with Garcia earning 21.49 percent of the vote and Allard with 19.49 percent Following the top three, Rene Aguilera received 13.12 percent of the vote, Sam Cannon had 11.20 percent and George Muntean followed at 11.13 percent. Unlike Allard and Garcia, Roccucci is not a current incumbent but served as a Roseville councilwoman and mayor 10 years ago when she was heavily involved in the city’s planning process. Roccucci has also been a member of the Roseville Planning Commission and a Placer County Water Agency director. She has been a registered nurse since 1968. “This time being on the council will be different,” Roccucci said. “We’re walking in on an economic climate that will require dealing with the budget to make sure we keep everything fiscally sound. We’ll need to tighten our belts and decide what is important. This is what the community expects us to do.” Garcia will continue her tenure on the council. She was appointed to the Roseville City Council on Jan. 10, 2007 to fill the vacancy left by the election of former Mayor Rocky Rockholm to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. At the time of her appointment, Garcia was a member of the Roseville Public Utilities Commission and the Blue Ribbon Corporate Center as the PUC representative. Garcia currently serves as the senior vice president and marketing director for Granite Com-munity Bank. “I’m so excited and honored to represent the citizens of Roseville,” Garcia said Wednesday. “I’m ready to listen to everyone’s concerns as we move forward with challenges of these tough economic times and we celebrate the quality of life we provide for businesses and citizens.” Allard was appointed to the Roseville City Council in October 2003, and was elected to a four-year term on the council in November 2004. Prior to his appointment to the city council, Allard served as a Roseville Planning Commis-sioner from February 2001 to October 2003. “I’m honored the citizens have elected me for another four years,” Allard said. “I look forward to working with community leaders, other council members and the staff to address the challenges we face. And we do face some challenges; first and foremost, that of the budget. We also will continue to address public safety needs and provide solutions to our transportation problems and making sure we address issues the community wants us to address.” The city of Roseville operates under the council-manager form of municipal government. Council members are elected at large for four-year terms of office. Candidates for council are always elected alternately in even-numbered years. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes is seated as mayor pro tempore for the first two years of his or her four-year term, and as mayor for the final two years. Currently Jim Gray serves as mayor with Gina Garbolino as mayor pro tem. Garbolino will be sworn in as mayor as soon as the results from Tuesday’s election are certified and Roccucci will be mayor in 2010. The Roseville City Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 311 Vernon St. in Roseville.