10 officials considering a city-to-county jump

Here’s a countdown of 10 former, current or potentially future officials who made, wanted to make or still desire to make the city-to-county jump:

Victor Mow

Prior to Mow, there was no discernible trend of council members looking to move on to the Board of Supervisors. But after serving Stockton in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mow made the decision to run for supervisor. He served two low-key but largely effective terms beginning in 2001.

Larry Ruhstaller

Next in line for the transition was Ruhstaller. His terms on City Council involved some thorny issues in an uneven economy. During his tenure on the supervisors, Ruhstaller became one of the board’s go-to voices on water issues. Ruhstaller termed out last year.

Steve Bestolarides 

If he’s successful in a 2016 run for mayor of Stockton, Bestolarides could earn the nickname “Back And Forth.” He served as a Stockton council member — and termed out. He’s now in his final term as a supervisor. Then he’ll likely look to boomerang back to the council as mayor. Bestolarides is a savvy politician and leader who knows how to win elections.

Kathy Miller

She was elected to the Board of Supervisors after six memorable and tumultuous years on Stockton City Council. Miller was one of the leading voices on the panel during the bankruptcy process. She exhibited a tough streak and made some enemies among current and retired city staffers. She’s pledged to keep Stockton as a priority on her new panel, which she chairs.

Gary Giovanetti 

The former Stockton council member and vice mayor ran in a crowded, five-person field in the June 2008 primary that included current Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva. Giovanetti was unable to emerge from the primary, and Carlos Villapudua won the seat. Villapudua terms out in 2016 and could run for Stockton mayor.

Steve Gutierrez

In the opposite direction, this termed-out supervisor ran for mayor of Stockton in 2008 but didn’t make it past the primary.

Paul Canepa 

Part of a well-known Stockton business family, Canepa served one term on the council before opting to run against colleague Miller for supervisor. Because his council term was up that year, it was sink or swim for Canepa. He was defeated by Miller and shows little inclination to get back into politics. Queried about running for Stockton mayor in 2016, he said, “Not right now. I’m just kind of fresh out of it.”

Moses Zapien

The District 4 council member has made it clear he intends to run for the seat Bestolarides will vacate in 2016. The attorney will find himself in a similar position to that faced by Canepa last year — win the supervisor race or be out of office altogether.

Michael Tubbs 

It’s not certain Tubbs will run for supervisor in 2016, after one term on City Council. It would be a political gamble for the young council member, who would have an excellent chance of being re-elected in District 6. But he’s young and ambitious, so even a defeat in a District 1 supervisorial run wouldn’t leave his political future adrift.

Ralph White

It’s not an election if White, 72, isn’t running for something. He served as a Stockton council member for 16 years in the 1970s and 1980s. More recently, he’s run for the Stockton Unified school board and for mayor of Stockton. Now he’s prepared to run against a crowded field, potentially including Tubbs (of whom he has been critical) for the District 1 supervisor seat.

— Record editorial board

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