In 2015 Calabasas moved its municipal election from March to November to stay on the same election calendar as neighboring city councils and school boards. The purpose of the change was to maximize voter turnout.
This year, the move expects to pay off as the November Calabasas ballot will coincide with the U.S. midterm elections and other key state and local races, which promise to see larger than normal voter participation.
The City Council has three seats up for election on Nov. 6. Incumbents James Bozajian, David Shapiro and Mary Sue Maurer have pulled their nomination papers to run for reelection.
Joining them are two first-time City Council challengers, Calabasas residents Vahid Naziri and Matthew Huzaineh.
Bozajian, a lawyer, is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. He was first elected to the council in 1997 and is its longest-serving member. Bozajian has been the city’s mayor five times.
Maurer is running for her fourth term on the City Council. She was elected in 2005 and has served as the city’s mayor three times. Her most recent term ended in December 2017. Maurer is the head of the California Conservation Corps in Camarillo.
Shapiro, a lawyer, was elected in 2013 and served as the city’s mayor from 2014 to 2015. If he’s reelected, it will be his second term on the City Council.
All the candidates have pulled papers and are gathering the required signatures to run for the council. More candidates may still throw their hat in the ring as the filing period remains open until August 10.