Incumbent Tom Cosgrove calls it quits

City Councilman served for 18 years
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Editor’s note: In next week’s edition, candidates will share their priorities if elected to Lincoln City Council, Lincoln city treasurer and Western Placer Unified School District.

Lincoln Councilman Tom Cosgrove has decided not to run for reelection this November while Dan Cross is the newest candidate to file for this year’s City Council election.
The filing date for the City Council race was extended from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15 since incumbent Cosgrove did not file for candidacy.
“After several discussions with my wife and children (who are adults now) and having served 18 years on the Lincoln City Council, I have chosen to not seek reelection,” Cosgrove e-mailed The News Messenger on Tuesday.
Cosgrove listed “several reasons why I have made this decision,” one of which was “the changes to retiree health benefits” for council members. Those changes were adopted during the July 24 council meeting.
“The changes to council retiree health benefits would have a significant financial affect on me and my wife if I were reelected,” Cosgrove e-mailed.
Cosgrove listed other factors for his decision.
“I will have more time to spend with my family, especially grandchildren; the Highway 65 bypass will soon be opened; I will have more opportunity to work and provide income to my family; the city is in a better financial position than it was four years ago.”
Cross joins the list of nine candidates running for City Council and wants to serve because “I think I’ve got the qualifications and the history in the community to do it.”
“I figure you either be a part of the solution or the problem and I’d like to be a part of the solution,” Cross said.
Cross, Gladding, McBean’s sales manager, said he has lived in Lincoln since October 2000 and has worked here since 1994.
Council candidates, including Cross, are Christine Colvin, Allen Cuenca, Peter Gilbert, David Kawas, Candi Schipper, Scott Glaser and current councilmen Paul Joiner and Mayor Spencer Short. There are three seats open.
Candidates for the Western Placer Unified School District board of trustees are incumbents Paul Long and Paul Carras, who hold the two seats up for reelection.
The only city treasurer candidate is Terry Dorsey.
Both Carras and Long told The News Messenger in the July 19 issue (“Let the campaigning begin,” front page) that they intended to run for reelection.
Joiner and Short were interviewed about their run for reelection in the July 19 issue of The News Messenger (“Let the campaigning begin,” front page). Colvin, Cuenca, Dorsey, Glaser, Gilbert and Kawas were interviewed about their candidacy in the July 26 edition of The News Messenger (“Seven candidates so far in local races,” front page).