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Council Candidates Finalized for November

On Nov. 6 the City of Carson is holding its General Municipal Election for electing two city council members, with incumbents Lula Davis-Holmes and Elito Santarina running for re-election in a field of nine candidates.

The City was also scheduled to hold elections for both City Clerk and City Treasurer, but no one filed or qualified to run against incumbents Donesia Gause-Aldana or Monica Cooper, positioning both for additional four-year terms.

Here are the council candidates:

  • Osmond “Oz” Buendia, a business owner

  • Lula Davis-Holmes, an incumbent councilmember first elected in 2007

  • Jim Dear, an educator and notary public, who previously served as Mayor and City Clerk from 2001-2016

  • Louie Diaz, a labor representative who previously applied for an appointment to fill an open council seat in 2016

  • Sharma Henderson, a nonprofit executive and educator

  • Lori Noflin, co-founder of Carson Connected.

  • Nafis Muhammad, a disaster service worker

  • Ramona “Mona” Pimentel, Planning Commission Chair who previously ran in 2016

  • Elito M. Santarina, an incumbent councilmember first elected in 2003

Candidate statements for all candidates are available on the city website or at:


Are You Registered to Vote?

  • Carson’s city elections are Nov. 6, 2018

  • Check if you’re registered to vote at

  • Deadline to register or re-register is Oct. 22, 2018

  • You can register online at or obtain voter registration materials at local libraries, post offices or DMV

  • Call (800) 345-VOTE for more information


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