Two more City Council candidates come forward, one in a unique situation

Scott Nevins, a board member at DAP Health, and Joe Jackson, former chair of a city commission, both filed paperwork with the city indicating they will seek office.

A pair of additional candidates for Palm Springs City Council have entered the race, according to records on file with the city. One is getting out ahead of a scenario that could play out in November.

Driving the news: Scott Nevins, a board member at DAP Health best known for his work as a television and radio personality, filed a candidate intention statement on June 9 to run in District 1. Joe Jackson, former chair of the city’s Sustainability Commission, filed similar paperwork indicating he intends to run in District 4.

  • Nevins, who lives in the Escena development, will so far be up against incumbent Councilmember Grace Garner — who stands to be the city’s first Latina mayor if re-elected — as well as Daniel Algazi, owner of DA Computers.

  • Jackson, who lives in the Los Compadres neighborhood, is making a pre-emptive maneuver. The District 4 seat is not up for grabs this year. However, should current Councilmember Christy Holstege win her bid for the California State Assembly in November, a replacement would need to be appointed or voted in during a special election.

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Zoom out: Aside from the District 1 race on the November ballot, voters will also be making decisions in districts 2 and 3.

  • In District 2, Renee Brown, well known for her work with the Palm Springs Historical Society, announced her intention to run in late May. Unless incumbent Councilmember Dennis Woods announces he will be up for re-election, Brown will be facing off against local business owner Jeffrey Bernstein, who announced his candidacy for the seat in January, and possibly Thomas Reinhard, owner of Classic Custom Woodworks, who filed paperwork in May stating he intends to run in the district.

  • In District 3, where Councilmember Geoff Kors will not be seeking another term, Palm Springs Pride President Ron deHarte formally announced his candidacy in January. He could be challenged by Julia Kabik, an employee of DA Computers who filed her intention to run paperwork last month.

What they’re saying:

  • I believe that I have ideas to help build a safer, cleaner, more affordable city that makes life better for all of our residents, business owners, and visitors” Nevins said Wednesday. “I’m excited to share these ideas with my neighbors in District 1, but more importantly, I look forward to listening to what they have to say.”

  • “Joe wants to serve on Council to preserve our “brand” (and) make it even better,” read a statement on Jackson’s campaign website.


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