With four of the seven Chico City Council district seats up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election—each with a conservative and a progressive candidate—there is potential for a shift in the balance of the current 6-1 conservative majority.
In District 2, Vice Mayor Kasey Reynolds, owner of Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy, is seeking another term. She is challenged by progressive Morgan Kennedy, a community organizer with a background in social services and reproductive health. In District 3, Dale Bennett, appointed to fill a council vacancy last summer, is seeking to fill out the remaining two years of the term. A former planning commissioner, he faces Monica McDaniel, an educator, arts commissioner and founder of the Chico Arts & Culture Foundation.
The other races feature newcomers. District 4 has Nichole Nava, a senior case manager with the Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services, and Addison Winslow, a progressive local activist and housing consultant, squaring off. In District 6, progressive Jesica Giannola, a housing case manager, is running against conservative Tom Van Overbeek, a business owner.