District 5 Roster 2018A

Left to right, John Ybarra, Paulette Marshall Chaffee, Vicki Calhoun, Ahmad Zahra, Jose Trinidad Castañeda (who is disputing a single invalidated nominating signature), and Sabrina Narain.

Matthew Leslie

*UPDATE, September. 9, 2018: Jose Trinidad Castaneda has reportedly been unsuccessful in his legal effort to have a previously disqualified nominating signature declared valid. His name will not appear on the ballot, but he is reportedly planning to run as a write-in candidate.

Six candidates have filed papers to run for Fullerton City Council in the 5th District, located in the southeast region of the city, but only five have officially qualified for the ballot. One is disputing his disqualification over a lack of valid nominating signatures. Candidates are required to provide to the City Clerk twenty valid signatures of citizens registered to vote in the district in which they intend to run for office. Candidates may provide up to thirty signatures at a time in case some are invalidated, and may gather more if they are needed if some are indeed disqualified, as long as they have them filed on the final day of the nominating period (August 10).

A refreshingly diverse pool of candidates are running for Fullerton City Council in this part of the city, which figured heavily in the lawsuit alleging underrepresentation by non-whites that resulted in the city adopting a district-based system this year. The candidates are listed below in the order in which they appear on the city’s 2018 Fullerton City Council Candidate Filing Log.

John Ybarra is a longtime local realtor. His website lists a short, but impressive list of endorsements.

Mr. Ybarra’s ballot designation is “Broker / Business Owner.”

Paulette Marshall Chaffee is a lawyer and wife of current Mayor Doug Chaffee. Ms. Marshall Chaffee recently moved into the 5th District from the 2nd District to run for office there. She and her husband have law offices in Fullerton.

Ms. Marshall Chaffee’s ballot designation is “Attorney / nonprofit boardmember.”

Ahmad Zahra has been running for City Council for over a year, securing many early endorsements for his timely efforts. He has a medical degree and is a filmmaker. He has lived in the district for seventeen years.

Mr. Zahra’s ballot designation is “Educational Media Businessman.”

Dr. Vicki Calhoun has a doctorate in Education, and ran unsuccessfully for Fullerton School District Board several years ago. She previously served on the Fullerton Public Library Board of Trustees, and is also a longtime resident of the district. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Dr. Calhoun’s ballot designation is “Counselor / Educator.”

Sabrina Narain is local business attorney. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Ms. Narain’s ballot designation is “Attorney at Law.”

Jose Trinidad Castañeda currently serves on Fullerton’s Park and Recreation Commission. His nominating petition was ruled to have not included a sufficient number of valid signatures. He is reportedly disputing the invalidation of a single signature that is keeping him off the ballot. The Rag will update this post as soon as more information is available. He has also moved into the 5th District from another part of the city to run for office, but notes that he did attend elementary school there.