The race for mayor in the City of Riverside boasts a crowded field of aspiring candidates. In addition to the city’s current mayor Rusty Bailey who is fighting to remain in office for a second term, seven other individuals have tossed their hats into the political ring.
According to the California State Attorney General’s Office, Bailey’s challengers include City Councilman, Paul Davis; Sales Consultant, Sally Martinez; Assistant Director of Riverside Community College District Foundation, Nancy Melendez; Small Business Owner, Vivian Moreno; Outdoor Pot Grower, Patrick B. Small; and Licensed Sales Consultant, Sally Martinez. An eighth candidate, Anthony Mario Martinez entered the race as a write in candidate on April 25.
The job of Mayor in the City of Riverside is a full time position. Compensation is in the low $80,000 range before benefits. The mayor also has a full time administrative staff.
Many view the position as politically limited because the mayor has very restricted legislative authority. The Riverside mayor does however have the power of the pen and as a result, can veto legislation if he chooses. In addition, can also be called upon to break a tie in the city council.
Riverside operates under a council-manager system. This form of city government consists of an elected city council including the mayor that serves as the city’s primary legislative body. In turn, they collectively appoint a chief executive (city manager) to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations. The city manager is also charged with implementation of the council’s policy and legislative initiatives.
This year’s vote by mail ballots will be mailed to voters beginning Monday, May 9. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7.