HAYWARD -- Two last-minute candidates pushed the number of people running for the City Council to seven.
The filing deadline was extended to Wednesday after incumbent Councilman Mark Salinas chose instead to run for mayor. The deadline also was extended from Friday in the mayoral race after incumbent Michael Sweeney decided not to seek another term, but no new candidates filed in that race this week.
Salinas' seat is one of two voters will decide on in the June 3 election. Incumbent Marvin Peixoto is running for his second term; he served on the city Planning Commission before being elected to the council in 2010.
Ryan "Rocky" Fernandez and Sara Lamnin filed their nomination papers for City Council on Wednesday, and the county registrar of voters qualified them for the ballot Thursday. Fernandez is district director for Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and a past member of the AC Transit board.
Lamnin is a program director for the nonprofit consortium South Hayward Parish and chairwoman of the city Planning Commission. She ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2010 and the Hayward Unified school board in 2012.
Another planning commissioner, nonprofit director Rodney Loche, also is seeking a council seat.
Other candidates include Julie McKillop, a former planning commissioner, owner of Neumanali restaurant and a certified public accountant; Ralph Farias Jr., a self-employed businessman who unsuccessfully ran for the council in 2010 and 2012; and Phillip Gallegos, a performing arts technician.
Three City Council members are running for mayor; in addition to Salinas, Councilwoman Barbara Halliday and Councilman Francisco Zermeno have filed for the post. Also seeking election for mayor is businessman Rakesh Kumar Christian.
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