13 candidates vying for nomination to Carlsbad City Council


CARLSBAD – Two former Carlsbad City Council members head a list of 13 District 1 residents for the vacant council seat vacated by Cori Schumacher on July 9.

Julianne Nygaard and Mark Packard both applied before the August 11 deadline. The other candidates have a variety of professional experiences in the private and public sectors.

All applicants will be interviewed by the board at its August 24 meeting. Applicants will only have five minutes to speak with the board and answer a series of standardized questions.

The rest of the peloton include Daniel Hughes, Gary Nessim, Peder Norby, Allen Manzano, Neal Keith, Karl Schwarm, Caroline Bol, Jan Neff-Sinclair, Kyle Hargrave, Mona Gocan and Ryan Vaughn.

Nygaard, who is now retired, served on the board from 1990 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2006 after being appointed to take the seat of Noreen Sigafuse. She also served on the Planning Commission from 2009 to 2012, the Tri-City Health District Board of Directors from 2012 to 2020, and was the administrator of the Carlsbad Unified School District from 1981 to 1990.

Packard is a retired dentist who served on the board from 2002-18 and was also elected to the Carlsbad School District Board of Directors from 1990 to 1998. He owns the Packard Dental Group in Carlsbad Village.

Hughes is a partner of MantelMount, a local consumer products company and does charitable work for St. Patrick’s and St. Margaret’s Catholic Churches and Gen Next San Diego. In his candidacy, Hughes said homelessness is the most pressing issue and that he would like to serve on the North County Homelessness Action Committee.

Nessim is a local real estate broker and was a past member of the Carlsbad Village Association board of directors, as well as two terms on the Beach Erosion Committee. He also founded Imagine Carlsbad to examine the redevelopment of the village.

Norby owns Norby Consulting and previously served on the San Diego County Planning Commission and was chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee, which drafted the renewable energy master plan for the county. He has also been the Special Projects Coordinator for Carlsbad, as well as several other city councils and commissions, and has consulted with the town of Encinitas on a number of projects.

Manzano is a former Commander in the United States Navy and is currently Chief Financial Officer. He is also president of Educational Resource Associates and former deputy chief executive officer of the California Department of Health Services and deputy director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

A current teacher, Keith works for the Vista Unified School District and coaches football at Sage Creek High School. He said his issues centered around the business impacts of COVID-19, parks, public parking lots and short-term vacation rentals.

Schwarm spent 20 years as an officer in the US Marine Corps. retire as a lieutenant colonel. And 24 years working for the cities of Vista and San Marcos, the latter where he spent 15 years as director of housing and neighborhood services.

Bol is a television news producer who said the most pressing issues were “rapid redevelopment” and homelessness. She said the dense infill development puts a strain on the village’s infrastructure, while the homeless camp on the beaches and defecate on the bike lanes and footpaths.

Neff-Sinclair is a freelance interior designer and has said affordable housing is one of her top priorities. She said the overall plan conflicted with the state’s unfunded housing mandates, as well as homelessness and sea level rise.

Hargrave is an independent lawyer and founded People’s Legal Services, a non-profit organization to help underserved populations in the county. He also said homelessness is a top priority, along with the pandemic and protecting small businesses.

Gocan is a civil engineer with 77 electrical departments and was the first woman in the San Diego Association of Governments Mid-Coast Rail Project, according to her claim. She is the chairman of the city’s Traffic and Mobility Commission, served on the State Advisory Council 76e Assembly District and aims to get more parents to engage with the city.

Vaughn, who earned a doctorate in urban and environmental economics from UCLA, is a technical product manager at Jupiter Intelligence where he applies “economic reasoning to the problems of climate change and how climate-related risks interact with it. financial products ”.

Update: Gary Nessim is a past member of the Carlsbad Village Association Board of Directors. A previous version indicated that it was currently in use.


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