Conley Ulich enters council race

Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Conley Ulich was elected to the City Council in 2004.

The mayor pro tem will be the only incumbent in this year’s campaign.

By Jonathan Friedman/Assistant Editor

Mayor Pro Tem Pamela Conley Ulich confirmed Wednesday that she will run for a second term. She picked up her candidate’s packet from City Hall at approximately 2:30 p.m., and told The Malibu Times in the evening that she intends to run.

Conley Ulich is the eighth person to pull papers for the campaign for three seats on the City Council. Seven of those people have said they are definitely running. Potential candidates have until Jan. 11 to turn a declaration into City Hall signed by at least 20 eligible Malibu voters.

With Mayor Jeff Jennings and City Councilmember Ken Kearsley termed-out, Conley Ulich will be the lone incumbent in the race. She was elected to her council seat in 2004 after placing third in a field of six. Although she entered the race as a relative unknown with no prior city activism, her campaign was boosted by receiving endorsements from most of the same people supporting Jennings and Kearsley.

The others who have pulled papers are Malibu Park activist Susan Tellem, Planning Commissioner John Sibert, former Public Safety Commissioner Ryan Embree, Chamber of Commerce President Ed Gillespie, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education member Kathy Wisnicki, Malibu Township Council President Jefferson Wagner and property rights activist Wade Major, who was the only person unsure if he would actually run.

Election Day is April 8.