Baber announces he won’t seek reelection in La Mesa

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With over two decades behind him as a local elected official, La Mesa City Councilman Bill Baber announced during Tuesday night’s council meeting that he will not seek re-election this year.

“After 22 years in local government, and with retirement and hopefully grandchildren in my future, it’s time for a new phase of life for me,” said Baber. “Now, without a need to run a re-election campaign, I can focus the next ten months on finishing some important projects in La Mesa.”

Baber served as a La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools trustee for 14 years starting in 2000, then was elected to the first of two city council terms in 2014. A long-time Republican, he re-registered in 2020, saying he’s now with the Common Sense Party.

Baber’s full bio can be read on the city website.

The announcement creates an interesting political dynamic in La Mesa, currently made up of two Democrats, one Republican, and one independent, besides Baber.

Laura Lothian, a Republican who won a special election late last year, will be on the November ballot as the lone incumbent seeking one of two council seats.

The mayoral election will also take place, with Mayor Mark Arapostathis potentially seeking re-election. He is registered as an independent.

Councilmembers Colin Parent and Jack Shu, both Democrats, are not up for re-election this year.


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