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Lawyers To Battle For Council Seat

By Daryl Kelley

Two Ojai lawyers involved with community groups for years have applied to fill a seat on the City Council vacated in December when veteran Councilman Joe DeVito retired. Both are critical of current city leadership.

But a professional actor and teacher who also submitted nomination papers on Friday fell one signature short of the required 20 eligible voters, and did not qualify for the June 8 election.
A split City Council voted in January to fill the last few months of DeVito’s term through a special election, instead of appointing a temporary replacement to serve until the fall general election.
Now, two candidates have qualified for the June ballot: Leonard Klaif, 61, who specializes in criminal appeals, and Paul Blatz, 58, who is primarily a business lawyer.
But actor Demitri Corbin, 49, a city arts commissioner, was notified by City Clerk Carlon Strobel on Tuesday that only 19 of his signatures qualified.
“So I won’t be a candidate,” Corbin said. “I’m surprised and still a little bit shocked.”
Corbin said he submitted

But a professional actor and teacher who also submitted nomination papers on Friday fell one signature short of the required 20 eligible voters, and did not qualify for the June 8 election. A split City Council voted in January to fill the last few months of DeVito’s term

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