The Rio Vista City Council and mayoral election may just be getting under way, but the race's key emerging issues are clear. The two mayoral and two council candidates are all focused on getting the city's finances in order, boosting economic development and enhancing public safety.
Rio Vista Councilwoman Janith Norman is being challenged by Planning Commission chair Norman Richardson for the mayoral seat, as incumbent Jan Vick has opted not to run for re-election. Newcomers David Hampton and Jim McCracken will likely fill the two council seats being vacated by Norman and Councilman Jack Krebs after the November election unless there are strong write-in candidates on local ballots.

James Nordin will also likely become the city's new treasurer, since he was the only candidate to file papers for the position. McCracken said he wished that more residents would have stepped up to run.

"In a small town, it is difficult to get people involved in politics," he said of the apathy.

Norman said that she is running to continue to provide the strong leadership, energy and tenacity that it takes to get things accomplished and make tough decisions.

"I am running for mayor of Rio Vista because I want to finish the work I've started. As with many communities, Rio Vista suffers poor fiscal health," she said. "I am passionate about my service on the City Council, and I love my city and the people who live here."

Elected to the council in 2008, Norman has organized

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several community events, including the Senior Summit and Healthy Food Festival, and established Rio Vista's Slow Food chapter this year. She also serves the city regionally on the Yolo Solano Air Quality Board and Solano Transportation Transit Committee.
Her challenger, Richardson, has experience serving on the town council in Corte Madera and has sat on the Rio Vista Planning Commission since 2009. He wants to see the city balance its budget by making the audit reports current and implementing clear policies and procedures in the finance department.