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Planning Commissioner is selected to be new Carlsbad councilmember

CARLSBAD — Planning Commissioner Michael Schumacher was selected from a 28-candidate pool to be Carlsbad’s newest city councilmember on March 11.

He will take over the remaining term of Farrah Douglas, who resigned in early February and cited personal and family commitments.

Schumacher will serve for eight months until the November 2014 election.

Michael Schumacher will serve as a Carlsbad City Councilmember until the November 2014 election.  Photo courtesy of Enact Partners
Michael Schumacher will serve as a Carlsbad City Councilmember until the November 2014 election. Photo courtesy of Enact Partners

Council unanimously selected Schumacher after interviewing all of the candidates on Tuesday.

“My decision wasn’t weighed just on who has the best resume…but who would be a good fit on this council,” said Councilmember Keith Blackburn.

“I’m surprised and I’m humbled and I’m honored to serve the city of Carlsbad with you,” Schumacher said after the announcement was made. “I’m ready to start the job. Thank you.”

Schumacher has been serving on the city’s Planning Commission since 2009 and prior to that volunteered on the design review board for four years.

He is the owner and founder of the real estate investment company Enact Partners.

During his interview, he emphasized his ongoing service for the city and knowledge of city workings and issues, particularly Carlsbad’s General Plan, which will soon be reviewed by council.

“Carlsbad is on the right track, and I’d like to see that continue by developing a future for our kids and future generations,” he said, noting that he has children of his own.

Runners-up for the council seat included Planning Commissioner Hap L’Heureux, Keith Lewinger, a retired general manager of Fallbrook Public Utility District, and former Planning Commissioner and U-T editor Thomas Arnold.

Other candidates for the position included high school seniors, local business owners, engineers, an artist, graduates of the Carlsbad Citizens Academy, and long-time residents.

Interviewees highlighted the importance of investing in local public schools, supporting businesses, enhancing sustainability, and handling city finances responsibly during their three minutes before city council.

Council urged those who were not selected, to run in the November election or apply to serve on one of the city’s commissions.

“If you truly have it in your heart, please run in November,” said Mayor Matt Hall.


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