Pair of city council seats up for grabs

Lund to retire as Yuill seeks reelection and Ruslin runs for seat
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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The seats of councilwoman Kathy Lund and Mayor Scott Yuill will be up for election Nov. 2. Lund, who has served on the council for 25 years, announced Friday that she will not be seeking re-election. Yuill said Tuesday that he would be running for re-election. Rocklin resident Diana Ruslin announced her candidacy for Rocklin City Council. Lund said that it’s time for someone else to serve and she will be retiring from her position for personal reasons. Lund was first elected in November 1985, was re-elected five times and served six one-year terms as mayor. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Rocklin these last 25 years,” she said. “Many of the things we take for granted today, did not exist 25 years ago. We had no swimming pools and no water features in the parks, in fact, there were no developed neighborhood parks. The fire department was all volunteers. There was only one traffic signal and one flashing red light. There was far less shopping, and almost no restaurants.” One of the hardest aspects of sitting on the council is not being able to keep everyone happy, Lund said. “Remember that you can’t please everyone,” she said, offering advice for the person elected to fill her shoes. “Do what’s best for the city.” With the tough, also comes the rewarding. “I’ve enjoyed meeting a lot of people, both in the city and surrounding cities,” Lund said. Yuill was elected to the city council in November 2006 and sworn in on Dec. 12, 2006. Yuill is the owner of State Farm Insurance in Rocklin. Yuill said if re-elected, his No. 1 priority would be the city’s growth. “The No. 1 goal is to keep business and job growth top of mind in an effort to create advantages that help Rocklin fill the numerous commercial vacancies sprinkled throughout the city,” he said. Yuill said he’s running for re-election for the same reasons he ran in 2006. “I want to help existing businesses get healthy and attract to Rocklin new businesses and employers — both retail and non-retail,” he said. “I also want to have a say in Rocklin’s transition, most importantly the hiring of a new city manager and the shaping of a new economic development strategy.” Even though candidate filing doesn’t officially begin until July 12, Ruslin announced she would be running for a council seat. Ruslin serves as the president of the Parent Teacher Club at Valley View Elementary School, is a recreation commissioner for the city of Rocklin and is one of the founders of Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation, among other responsibilities. “I’ve been involved in many different avenues in Rocklin,” Ruslin said. “As involved as I am, the more interest I have in being a part of the future of Rocklin.” Some of Ruslin’s goals if elected are public safety, specifically emergency response times, tight spending, economic development and bringing businesses into Rocklin, continuing to have a balanced budget and a good relationship with school board members. “I definitely want to be a part of the future,” she said. Ruslin is holding a breakfast reception from 7:30-9 a.m. June 25 at Bobbie’s Kitchen, 4800 Granite Drive, Suite 1B in Rocklin. For more information, e-mail dia Yuill will kick off his re-election campaign with a breakfast reception July 9 also at Bobbie’s Kitchen in Rocklin. To RSVP by June 30, call 772-2123 or e-mail Rocklin city council elections are held every even year and members serve a four-year term. A candidate workshop will be held in Rocklin at 6 p.m. July 8 at the Rocklin City Council chambers, 3970 Rocklin Road. The workshop will explain the details involved in running for public office.