Vaus first to file for Poway City Council
By Steve Dreyer
Steve Vaus on Tuesday became the first candidate for the November City Council election to have his candidacy certified by the city clerk.
Vaus returned his nomination papers, which contained the signatures of 30 city voters who are endorsing his candidacy (20 are required.) Those signatures were verified by City Clerk Linda Troyan.
Potential candidates have until Aug. 15 to complete and return the forms. To date, City Councilman Jim Cunningham, former Poway Unified School District board member Jeff Mangum and local business owner Gary Vineyard have taken out papers.
The four-year terms of Cunningham and Merrilee Boyack expire at the end of the year. Boyack has said she is not running for re-election and has endorsed Vaus.
Vaus led the successful June 2010 effort to recall City Councilwoman Betty Rexford but placed second, behind John Mullin, in the race to replace her on the council.
A 19-year city resident, Vaus is chairman of the city’s Budget Review Committee and is executive director of the Poway Community Leadership Institute, a Boyack-created program that trains volunteers to become civic leaders.
He owns VausMedia, a marketing and creative services company. He also entertains professionally as country singer Buck Howdy and has won a Grammy Award for the best spoken children’s album. He also produces the annual “Carols by Candlelight” concerts in Escondido to raise funds for Rady Children’s Hospital.
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