Mark Salinas, center, at a Hayward mayoral
forum this spring. He hopes for a return to
the council after just a few weeks.

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Eighteen candidates have applied for the chance to serve out the remaining two years of Barabara Halliday’s Hayward City Council term following her election to mayor last month.

The deadline for applicants was Wednesday. The field of candidates is scheduled to be whittled down by the council on Friday for public interviews starting next Tuesday.

The list of prospective candidates includes former Councilmember Mark Salinas, who is hoping for a return to the council just weeks after leaving the body. In June, Salinas finished second in the mayoral race to Halliday. Therefore, Salinas chose not to run for re-election to his seat this spring and was replaced by Councilmember Sara Lamnin.

Two other council candidate from last June also applied. They include the union-backed Rocky Fernandez, who finished third to the eventual winner, Lamnin and Councilmember Marvin Peixoto, and Planning Commissioner Rodney Loche, who finished fifth.

Two other notable applicants from the Hayward Planning Commission, which, like most cities acts as a training ground for prospective council members, are Elisa Marquez and Vishal Trivedi.

Other candidates include: Cheryl Butler-Adams, Danial da Silva, Shaun English, Valarie Evans, Faryal Habib, Austin Intal, Fahim Khan, Charlie Peters, Theresa Reyes, Manny Sawit, Brian Schott, Thuy Tran, Virginia Williamson.

On Friday, the list of applicants will be winnowed by council members. Candidates who appear on at least three of the seven ballots will advance to the interview stage on July 22. A new member could be appointed that night.