Palm Springs 2015 Local Election Candidates

           On November 3, 2015 Palm Springs voters will select one candidate for mayor two city council candidates. Eight registered voters have qualified as candidates for mayor, and six have qualified for city council. All but one have filed official Candidate Statements with the City Clerk’s office. The content of those statements together with other available information are available for viewing or downloading using the links at end of this report.

          Contact information together with data from candidate campaign platform statements appear below. The first group are the Mayoral candidates and the second group the City Council candidates. All are in alphabetic order.

Mayoral Candidates:

Guy T. Burrows, MD,    Age ?? – 760-548-0273
Medical Doctor Neurologist.  Resident since February 2012. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Homelessness, economic development, promoting our local businesses, preserving our history, Measure J improprieties, school funding issues affecting our children, and tribal relations.

Ginny Foat,   Age 74 – 760-413-2650
Councilmember/Senior Advocate.  Resident for more than 11 years. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Build our economy, work closely with businesses, quality of life, homelessness, drought policy leadership, stopping crime, invest in neighborhoods, innovative solutions to issues, continued government transparency, accountability, and responsiveness.  

Erbil “Bill” Gunasti,   Age 57 –  917-434-5810
TV Executive Producer.  Length of residency not stated.
Campaign platform:  Repeal utility tax, open City Hall 5 days & Library 7 days, establish Citizen’s Finance Committee, and build a private university & hospital.

Robert (Rob) Moon, Age 65  760-832-2122
Retired Military Officer and retired corporate officer.  Resident since 2001  email:
Campaign platform:  Full time mayor focusing on integrity, transparency and accountability.

Ron Oden,   Age ?? – 760-534-8026
Executive, Non-Profit Organization.  Resident since before 1995. – Email:
Campaign platform: Promote jobs & economic development, fight crime, traffic & transportation improvements, boost water conservation and promote Palm Springs.

Mike Schaefer,   Age ?? – 213-479-6006
Public Interest Advocate – Length of residency not stated. –  Email:
Campaign platform:  Term limits, city council districts, councilmember accountability, street speed zone evaluation, and allow City Manager to run the city.

Bob Weinstein,   Age 50 – 760-797-5502
Mediation Attorney/Businessman. Length of residency not stated. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Public safety (fight crime, restore police positions, target blighted homes), tax credits for business, bureaucratic red tape reduction, tourism and architecture.

Ricky B. Wright,   Age 66 – 760-861-5710
Retired Educator.  A resident since 1998.
Campaign platform:  Candid, accessible, fair-minded and relationship-oriented leadership that identifies community needs and motivates others to accomplish needs.

 City Council Candidates:

David Brown,   Age ?? – 760-699-3395
Dry Cleaning Manager.  Resident for 10 years.
Campaign platform:  Help small business thrive, repeal Utility Tax, oppose CV Link and be fiscally reasonable.

Jim King,   Age 65 – 760-239-8200
Natural Gas Advisor.  Resident for 8 years. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Rational economic development, discourage cronyism or corruption, support historic preservation and cultural enhancement, protect our efficient tourism, and public safety. 

Geoff Kors,  Age 54 – 760-537-0061
Legislative Policy Director. Resident since 2000. –
Campaign platform:  Maximize opportunities to grow our economy

Paul Lewin,  Age 44 – 760-303-1992
Palm Springs City Councilmember.  Resident for 44 years. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Careful tax dollar management, investments in Police & Fire departments, roads, parks, community centers, homelessness and economic innovation.

Anna Nevenic,   Age 66 – 760-321-4111
Registered Nurse, Author.  Length of residency not stated. – Email:
Campaign platform:   Public safety, transportation, infrastructure, street & sidewalk repairs, homeless issues, transparency & comprehensive ethics reform, and more High Tech industries.

J.R. Roberts,  Age 54 – 415-297-9309
Planning Commissioner/Commercial Property Owner. Resident for more than 15 years. – Email:
Campaign platform:  Continuing the city’s prosperity by promoting smart, balanced growth.

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August 23, 2015
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