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Posted: Friday, August 18, 2006 10:00 pm

Former and current city leaders, a past fire chief, a school principal, neighbors and spouses offered support that propelled eight Lodi City Council hopefuls into candidacy.

That support, given in the form of signatures on nomination papers, offers insight into where candidates have found backing in the community.

Pat Patrick, president and CEO of the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, appears on forms for both incumbent Councilman Larry Hansen and challenger Steve Jarrett.

Patrick said he signed both because he respects what Hansen has done for the city for the past four years, and because the candidate lives a few doors down from the Patrick household. Patrick knows Jarrett through his membership in the chamber.

"I know his character," Patrick said of Jarrett, "and I had no problem signing either one of their forms."

Patrick said he would have been equally willing to sign for businessmen Phil Katzakian and Kevin Stevens, both of whom are also chamber members.

Hansen also received signatures from former Woodbridge Fire Chief Henry J. Wright, former Lodi City Manager Tom Peterson, and former mayor and school principal Walter Katnich, and former Mayor Randy Snider. Peterson also signed for Mayor Susan Hitchcock. Her forms were also signed by Sheree Flemmer, a school principal, and her husband Jerry Glenn.

"I'm just very humbled that people are willing to sign my papers and endorse my re-election," Hansen said.

Lodi City Councilman John Beckman and wife Nancy Beckman, executive director of the Lodi Conference and Visitor's Bureau appear on candidate Steve Jarrett's papers.

Lodi News-Sentinel columnist Taj Khan signed for real estate agent Roger Khan, and said he would have signed the forms of any other candidate who approached him in the interest of providing options for voters.

"Anybody who would have come to my door I would have signed for," said Taj Khan, of no relation to the candidate. "I like to have as many people run as possible."

Attorney-activist Ann Cerney and Dawn Squires' names show up on Jane Lea's papers. Lea and Squires are the force behind an initiative to rescind the city's 38 percent water rate increase.

Lodi City Council nomination lists
Councilman Larry Hansen
28 valid signatures
2 invalid signatures

Akiyoshi, Patricia
Cooper, James K.
Cooper, Katherine Ann
Dempsey, Lloyd B.
Dempsey, Marcia M.
Fiori, Barbara
Fiori, Joseph
Hansen, Linda
Hetyford, Tina
Hetyford, Will
Inman, Cynthia
Inman, Joshua
Katnich, Walter
Kirsten, David
Olson, Evelyn M.
Ownbey, William
Patrick, Robert "Pat"
Patrick, Susan
Peterson, Thomas
Schaidt, Douglas A.
Snider, John
Suess, Verla
Suess, Virgil
Synowicki, Brian*
Wallace, Machelle
Welsbacher Jr., Carl M.
Welsbacher, Thelma M.
Wright, Henry J.
Mayor Susan Hitchcock
27 valid signatures
3 invalid signatures

Atterberry, Bill
Bauer, Argo
Clark, Charles
Faith, Daniel
Faszer, Christopher*
Flemmer, Sheree
Frankkiser, Wendel
Frueh, Susan
Gire, Robert
Glenn, Jerry
Graffigna, Eva
Graffigna, William
Handell, Phyllis M.
Heinitz, Laura
Heinitz, Randall
Hrovat, Bill
Inman, Paul
Kessel, Ruth
Kirchner, Kristen L.
Kuehne, Lloyd*
Leonardini, Silvio H.
Morone, Patricia
Nilmeyer, Cheryl
Peterson, Thomas
Price, Mark D.
Rogero, Gerald
Sasaki, Patsy
Somera, Tamara*
Stark, Marlowe
Stowell, Marilyn
Turner, Richard
Steve Jarret
22 valid signatures
3 invalid signatures

Adams, Gregory
Beckman, John
Beckman, Nancy
Biddle, Bonnie
Biddle, Phil
Collins, Michael
Haugan, Madeline
Jarrett, Debra
Jarrett, Stefany
Jarrett, Troy
Jordan, Pamela
Lippert, Jeff
Mains, Vicki*
Mc, Victor*
McCann, John*
Mertz, Paul
Patrick, Robert "Pat"
Petrotta, Joyce
Plummer, Gayle
Rosa, Randy
Shirvin, Lance
Somers, Sandra
Tansley, Michael W.
Taormina, Glynis*
Underhill, Larry
John Johnson
23 valid signatures
2 invalid signatures

Evans, Pamela
Friedli, Garlyn
Garrett, Lucas*
Goni, Deborah
Green, Richard
Gruber, Debra
Heath, Kim
Iturraran, Claudia
Iturraran, Peter
Johnson, Bobbie
Johnson, Heidi
Johnson, Jack
Johnson, LeAnn
Johnson, Martha
King, Linda
Krantz, Lorraine
Olson, John*
Orozco, Thomas
Peterson, Naomi
Peterson, Norris
Sanders, Roger
Sanders, Roger
Shanklin, Linda
Showalker, Terri
Stoltman, James
Suess, Christopher
Phil Katzakian
27 valid signatures
3 invalid signatures

Broderick, Sean
Clark, Darlene
Clark, Joe
Corride, Richard*
Crownover, Lorraine
Duncan, Leo
Duncan, Leona
Duncan, Sarah
Duncan, Tim
Groom, Jill
Groom, Mark
Grownover, Dan
Henderson, Karen
Jones, Nick
Jones, Robert*
Katzakian, Christine
Katzakian, Ted
Morey, Ruth
Peters, Dave
Peters, Melissa
Reese, Deana
Reese, Mitchell
Robinson, Roland
Satterthwaite, Jason
Satterthwaite, Laura*
Sterni, Rosann
Wilson, Ralph
Wilson, Tina
Zastrow, Henry*
Zastrow, Luwanna
Roger Khan
23 valid signatures
6 invalid signatures

Altaf, Muhammad
Arroyo, Miguel*
Baker, Linda
Bates, Gladys
Bilal, Hazrat*
Cartwright, Donna*
Corona, Victor*
Garrett, David
Garrett, Tammi
Ibrahim, Abdul*
Jattar, Sauad Khan
Jattar, Waqas
Khan, Leia Janece
Khan, Nasim
Khan, Shakila
Khan, Taj
Martin, Randy*
Mehrer, Dorothy
Migbel, Mohammad
Morey, Ruth
Patel, Ambalal
Patel, Mita
Patel, Shobhana
Patel, Sorrendra
Rocha, Roxanne
Shuman, Wendy*
Singh, Inder
Jane Lea
25 valid signatures
2 invalid signatures

Cerney, Ann
Duncan, Gladys
Fenton, Robert
Flockhart, Barbara
Flockhart, Jack
Friederich, Eunice
Gorman, Michael
Holden, Daniel
Johnson, John E.
Land, Vernon Keith
Meier, Dean
Meier, Hannah
Meier, Lois
Meier, Mike
Miller, Edith
Miller, John
Miller, Lida
Miller, Raymond
Nielsen, David*
Squires, Dawn
Swofford, Diane*
Swofford, Sam
Talbot, John
Temple, Nickola
Young, John
Young, Judy
Kevin Stevens
24 valid signatures
2 invalid signatures

Badano, Tony*
Boese, Erika*
Boese, Kurt
Boese, Rebekah
Dean, Patricia
Fernandez, Patrick
Francis, John
Gwyn, Laura
Harr, Reinhold
Herzfeldt, Stephen
Hicks, Jeanine
Hicks, Jimmy
McCurry, Elizabeth Gail
Prince, Dianne
Prince, Melton
Roosma, Pamela
Shropshire, Lorraine Rene
Snider, Randy
Springer, Matt
Stevens, Jennifer
Stevens, Vevin
Sym, Dale
Taddei, John
Taddei, Norene
Thomas, Barbara
*Signature invalidated due to registration or residency

Names have been sorted alphabetically and may not be in the same order as they appear on the candidates' nomination forms.

"I think anybody who signs anybody's nomination forms means they believe they're the ones who are going to go and make a change," Lea said.

Fellow candidate John Johnson and former Lodi Mayor Keith Land also appear on Lea's forms.

Among Johnson's signatures is that of Lodi Firefighter Pete Itrurraran.

Candidates need signatures from 20 registered voters to qualify for the ballot. They can submit up to 30. The San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters verifies that the individuals are registered to vote.

Contact reporter Jake Armstrong at jakea@lodinews.com.

First published: Saturday, August 19, 2006

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