Monrovia election set for April 11
While candidates in dozens of elections across Los Angeles County are spending millions of dollars on their campaigns, election season in Monrovia, which ends on April 11, is a more genteel affair.
In fact, according to City Clerk Alice Atkins, no candidate has spent more than $2,000 on their campaign as of Monday.
At the top of the ticket, and running for mayor, are incumbent Tom Adams and former reality TV star Mark Harris.
Candidates for two city council seats are challenger Clifford DeCosta, a former police officer, and incumbents Larry Spicer and Alexander Blackburn.
Incumbent City Clerk Atkins and City Treasurer Stephen Baker will be unchallenged. Monrovia City Council elections are currently held at-large, despite pushback from Hispanic rights org MALDEF.
The municipal election on Apr. 11 is not to be confused with the Los Angeles County elections on Tuesday. There, several ballot measures will be considered by voters. In nearby Pasadena voters will go to the polls to elect members of the City Council and Pasadena Unified School Board.
Of Monrovia’s 37,531 residents, 20,564 are registered voters. Voters have just about a month to decide. That extra month is just what some candidates said they will need.
Mark Harris, a political newcomer, said he is planning a major push in the final month of the campaign.
Harris, who has been a Monrovia resident for 14 years, said his appearance as a regular, with his identical twin Matt on A&E’s Storage Wars has led to allegations that his campaign is a publicity stunt.
But Harris said that his campaign is no joke. He’s spent most of his money on a grassroots effort to get the word out on what he believes is a decline in public safety, and his plans to fund the police department and solve homelessness in Monrovia.
“Crime is up, and there’s no doubt about it,” Harris said. “We’re losing businesses, we’re losing people, we’re losing jobs.”
For the most part Adams agrees. He said that Prop 47 and AB 109, which changed state sentencing laws and reduced some felonies to misdemeanors, are largely to blame for any increase in crime.
Adams said he won’t need to put on an aggressive campaign as Monrovia voters wouldn’t react positively to that sort of strategy.
“I think [the election] is rather peaceful and quiet,” Adams said.
Like Harris, he’s expecting the community to rally behind him, and give him the time he needs to bring his vision for Monrovia’s future to fruition.
“The council is working hard for the people,” Adams said. “I think people are generally happy.”
— By Hugo Guzman, correspondent.