Fremont to to consider applicants Wednesday for open City Council seat

Here’s a brief breakdown of the 10 applicants vying to fill the open seat on the Fremont City Council:

Raj Salwan, a veterinarian and major property owner who is chair of the powerful Tri-Cities Democratic Forum, is considered by some a front-runner. Salwan lost to Dutra in late 2010. Unlike Bacon, Salwan received a vote from Harrison, a close ally.

Other favorites include a pair who also competed and lost two years ago in a council appointment race: David Bonaccorsi, planning commission chair and partner in a Newark-based law firm; and Yogi Chugh, a planning commissioner and corporate real estate firm executive active in the Indo-American community.

Other applicants with political or electoral experience include Rakesh Sharma, a former planning commissioner who placed fifth in the recent council race; Robert Brunton, a former Ohlone College trustee; John J. Dutra, a developer serving on the economic development advisory commission; and Rick Jones, a retired Fremont police officer. Dutra and Jones finished third and fourth in the November council election.

Newcomers Tariq Ali, chief technology officer for the San Mateo County Employees’ Retirement Association; Christina Broadwin, head of grass-roots neighborhood group Save Kimber Park; and Robert Chavez, a former longtime NUMMI employee, also have applied.

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Chris DeBenedetti