Cynthia Chase
Santa Cruz Weekly News

Santa Cruz City Council Race Heats Up with Three New Entrants

A crowded Santa Cruz race shows no sign of thinning.

Cynthia Chase will not seek reelection to the Santa Cruz City Council.

A crowded Santa Cruz City Council race shows no signs of thinning.

It’s still relatively early, but there are now 11 candidates running for three seats—two of which are open, given that Mayor David Terrazas is termed out and Councilmember Cynthia Chase has ruled out running again.

Since the last time we looked at the race, three new candidates have jumped in: attorney Phillip J. Crawford, who ran unsuccessfully for a county judge seat in 2010; Ashley Scontriano, a dog lover who launched a GoFundMe campaign earlier this year after the city shut down her pet care business, and Craig Bush, who kept a low profile when he last ran for the council in 2014. All three filed statements of intent to run with the city clerk’s office.

Robert Singleton, who ran in 2016, says he’s officially decided to pass on this year’s race.

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Jacob, the news editor at Good Times, won the 2014 award for best local government coverage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A longtime basketball and football fanatic, Jacob has evolved into a shameless fair weather fan and band wagoner for hot West Coast sports teams. He also enjoys arguing with others about where to find the best burrito in town.

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