It appears the two incumbents eligible to run in the 2012 campaign will be in the race. John Sibert picked up his nomination papers at Thursday afternoon. Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner pulled papers on Tuesday. The two men have until Jan. 13 to return to City Hall with the documents signed by at least 20 registered Malibu voters.
"There are things left to do," Sibert told Malibu Patch when asked why he was running for a second term. "We've gotten good starts on a lot of programs [involving clean water] ... We've got good relationships with the , so we want to build on that."
Sibert was elected to the council in 2008 when he placed third in the five-person contest. Wagner placed second and Pamela Conley Ulich, who is termed-out, was the top vote-getter.
He served on the for more than five years prior to joining the council and has been involved in Malibu politics since the 1980s.
Three other people have pulled papers for the 2012 race—former Council member , and skateboard enthusiast/local YouTube star "Malibu" Hamish "The Illusion" Patterson. They and anyone else who might pull papers have until Jan. 18 to return them with the 20 valid signatures.
It could be an interesting series of campaign forums if they include Sibert and Lyon. The last public interaction the two had was in April when Lyon from the audience during the council hearing on .
Lyon is an opponent of the state project. Sibert is not a supporter, but he sided with the majority of the council that declined to submit a letter to the state to oppose the plan, with the major reason being they feared it could kill the chance of any project being done to help what they consider to be an unhealthy body of water.
The top three vote-getters in this election will earn seats on the council. Election Day is April 10.