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Five on ballot for Galt City Council

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Curt Campion

Michael Hodge

Kelly Keagy

Mike McCune

Barbara Payne

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Sat Aug 18, 2012.

Mayor Barbara Payne is being challenged by four city council candidates for one of two available seats this November. She is the only incumbent running.

The candidates include Curt Campion, Michael Hodge, Mike McCune and Kelly Keagy.

David Stiffler picked up nomination papers, but decided not to seek election.

The candidate filing period was extended to Wednesday because incumbent Randy Shelton is not running for re-election.

Last week, Shelton made those intentions clear when he said he promised the city's voters and his family eight years ago that he would only serve two terms if he were elected to the council in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 to his current four-year term.

Here is a look at each city council candidate in the November race:

Curt Campion

Campion is a long-time former city employee who lost his community development director job due to citywide budget cuts in 2011. During his 20-plus years with the city he also served as the planning director, assistant city manager and interim city manger.

He says he has more government experience than any other candidate. Prior to taking a position in Galt, Campion served as a mayor, city council member and planning commissioner in Paradise, where he was raised.

If elected, Campion wants to address job retention, lack of new housing and blighted properties that have been foreclosed upon.

He is married with two adult daughters and has lived in Galt for more than 25 years.

Michael Hodge

Hodge has a strong desire to enhance economic development in Galt by attracting businesses to the community to promote employment and improve the financial stability of the city. In fact, he feels the No. 1 issue in Galt today is economic development and would like to see smart growth.

He said he is an experienced manager working in state government, private enterprise and the military.

Hodge, a retired U.S. Army colonel and military police and infantry officer, served in Vietnam in 1967 and Desert Storm in 1991. He currently teaches part-time for the Government Training Academy and the Los Rios Community College District in Sacramento, and is also a partner/owner of Twisted Roots Wine in Lodi.

He has been married for 33 years and has four grown children.

Kelly Keagy

Keagy is a self-proclaimed active community member, participating in the Adopt-A-Street program, Relay for Life and Neighborhood Watch, serving as a committee member of the city's Independence Day Celebration and chairing the National Night Out committee for the Northeast Area.

She said she is running for many reasons, but would say the most important reason would be to continue working on economic development bringing in more businesses, creating jobs and tax revenue for the city.

Keagy, who has previously run for city council, is married with two children.

She has lived in Galt for 20 years and currently works at Building Materials Distributors in downtown.

Mike McCune

If elected, McCune wants to bring local government back to its primary foundation. He said the city's No. 1 concern is managing progression and development.

He was appointed to be a Human Service Coordinator Council Representative by Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli.

McCune is also on the county's ad-hoc committee for emergency planning, AB 109 (Inmate Release Program) and Galt Public Safety Committee. He is a volunteer firefighter engineer and public relations officer for the Cosumnes Fire Department.

He is a state employee.

McCune, who has lived in Galt with his family for 14 years, ran for city council in 2010.

Barbara Payne

Payne was first elected to the city council in 2004 and is currently in her second year as mayor.

Earlier this year, she said she would run for re-election because there were a number of projects yet unfinished that she would like to see come to fruition. Among those are ongoing downtown redevelopment plans and the new C Street interchange.

Payne, who owned the Old Town Gift Shoppe until 2006 when she closed it to focus on her city council duties, is a retired construction superintendent. She founded the city's Shop Local movement and is a past member of the Galt Historical Society.

She is married with a son and two daughters, all adults.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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