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Election 2012

Roseville City Council candidates begin fundraising

Incumbents Roccucci and Garcia plan to run for re-election
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The official candidate filing period for the Roseville City Council election isn’t until July, but some contenders are already busy fundraising.

Four candidates have filed an expenditure form with Roseville City Clerk Sonia Orozco, which allowed them to begin fundraising Feb. 7.

Mayor Pauline Roccucci and Councilwoman Carol Garcia both plan to run for re-election when their terms end this year. With Councilman John Allard’s second four-year term coming to an end, three seats are up for grabs.

Bonnie Gore and Scott Alvord filed papers with the city clerk and picked up the candidate intention form to file with the Secretary of State, Orozco said.

Gore is the government and community relations manager for Kaiser Roseville Medical Center, and has more than 15 years of local public policy and business experience. She previously served as district representative for California’s 1st Senate District.

Gore is a member of the Roseville Transportation Commission. She previously served on Roseville’s Grants Advisory Commission, Centennial Committee and Sustainability Committee. She’s a member of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce.

“I am running for Roseville City Council because I love living in Roseville and being a part of this community,” Gore said. “Our city is well-planned, vibrant, safe and one of the best places to live in northern California. On the city council, I will work to make Roseville even better.”

Alvord runs a business consulting firm and owns A Dash of Panache on Vernon Street. He’s president of the Downtown Roseville Merchants Association, for which he’s been re-elected each year since 2005.

Alvord is serving his second term on the Roseville Revitalization Committee. He previously served on the city’s Personnel Board and Downtown Specific Plan committees. He’s a member of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, and describes himself as pro-small business.

“I have something truly unique to offer that will make a difference to the community,” Alvord said. “I will be a catalyst to nurture our current businesses into profits, attract new businesses, bring in higher education as a feeder into skilled jobs and create an economic upturn that provides the services that we all love.”

Garcia works at Community 1st Bank. She’s served on the city council since January 2007, when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the election of Rocky Rockholm to the Placer County Board of Supervisors. She was elected in 2008.

She has served on the Roseville Public Utilities Commission, Roseville Grants Advisory Commission, Sutter Roseville Medical Center Foundation Board and as Roseville Chamber of Commerce president. She chairs the Placer Breast Cancer Endowment.

“I look forward to continue listening and serving the needs of our Roseville residents,” Garcia said. “My experience in business and growing up in this community helps me to be a qualified candidate for re-election to the Roseville City Council.”

Roccucci was elected mayor in November 2008. She previously served as mayor from 1989 to 1991. She was the city’s planning commissioner for three years, councilwoman for nine years and director of the Placer County Water Agency.

The lifelong Roseville resident has been a registered nurse for 40 years and currently works at Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

“I will continue to work to make Roseville a healthy community,” Roccucci said.

Roseville City School District board member Rene Aguilera told the Press Tribune he is “seriously looking” at running for council. He ran for council in 2008.

“I’ve been a team player serving on the local school board,” Aguilera said. “I am hoping the 14,000 ballots that were cast for me in 2008 can help get me elected in 2012 for the first time and (Garcia) and (Roccucci) re-elected, which would contribute to a very diverse team ready and able to serve all the constituents of Roseville.”

The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Press Tribune will publish articles profiling each candidate closer to the election.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.