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Clarence Shaw Speaks, Mayor 'Not Pleased' With His Conduct

Former Councilman Clarence Shaw told a local newspaper that his military obligations prevented him from running for City Council again.

Former Monrovia City Councilman broke his silence Monday and told a local newspaper that his decision to resign from the council was made at the last minute.

Insisting that his choice to bow out of April's election and abruptly resign was influenced by "military obligations," Shaw told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that he never meant to mislead voters or candidates by claiming to be in the race even though he bought a house in Washington earlier this year.

Shaw told Patch last Tuesday, the day before the election filing deadline, that he intended to run for re-election. But he failed to submit the paperwork in time and resigned two days later.

Councilman Tom Adams has accused Shaw of pretending to be in the race to discourage other candidates from challenging Larry Spicer, a friend of Shaw's who was appointed to fill his council seat when he was deployed to serve with the U.S. Army Reserves.

Mayor Mary Ann Lutz and outgoing Councilman Joe Garcia each joined Adams in criticizing Shaw's conduct in interviews with the Tribune. Lutz said she was "not pleased" with Shaw's behavior and Garcia also said he was disappointed with him, according to the Tribune.

The Scrutineer January 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Ellen, I know of a former City Council candidate and current city commissioner who explored running in this election but after receiving confirmation that Clarence was certain to return and run he opted out. I'm certain that had Clarence shared his intent there would have been several candidates in addition to Larry for the two seats.
Gustav Hellbro January 22, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Let's cut Mr. Shaw some slack my fellow Monrovians. It is very difficult being pulled back into active service from the reserves. I applaud his service to our City and the Nation.
Tom Adams January 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Ellen, I know two people who planned on running but when they saw that there were an incumbant and another quasi-incumbant they opted out.
Tom Adams January 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Mr. Hellbro, he wasn't pulled bacl into service, he offered to go back.
John Rizzi January 23, 2013 at 03:07 AM
He may have served our country but it doesnt look as if he was serving our communities best interest. No slack here.

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