Former labor leader, retired steelworker Tony Tiscareno appointed to the Antioch City Council
By Allen Payton, Publisher
Antioch Mayor Harper and the Council majority made their decision, tonight and appointed Tony Tiscareno, a retired steelworker, former labor union leader, and 42-year Antioch resident to the vacant City Council seat.
The seat is the unexpired term of Harper, who stepped down mid-way through his first term on the Council after being elected Mayor.
Tiscareno was one of nine applicants, including former Mayors Jim Davis and Don Freitas, as well as former Mayor Pro Tem Manny Soliz, Jr. who sought the appointment.
Following three-minute presentations by each of the candidates, and comments from the public, the council deliberated, with the guidance of City Attorney Lynn Tracy Nerland, on how to proceed with the appointment process.
After three rounds of votes to advance or eliminate applicants, only two candidates emerged with at least three votes of the council members: Freitas and Tiscareno.
Recently rumored to be a favorite, along with Antioch Planning Commissioner Vincent Manuel, the 56 year-old Tiscareno was chosen on a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Gary Agopian dissenting. Following the vote, Agopian asked that he be allowed to make it unanimous to show solidarity on the council and support for the newly appointed councilman. The official vote was changed to 4-0 in favor of Tiscareno.
He was then given the Oath of Office by City Clerk Arne Simonsen.
Tiscareno worked for 33 years as a steelworker, and served as the Political Director for the Contra Costa Labor Council, until March of last year. He then served as Campaign Director, this year, for newly elected Assemblyman Jim Frazier, who was in attendance during tonight’s council meeting. Tiscareno also used to own a small business in Antioch, in the 1990′s, trading sports cards. He stated he had coached youth sports in Antioch, as well. He is married and has a daughter and a son.
In his appointment application statement, Tiscareno said he will focus on public safety, youth, economic development and public works.
Congratulations to Antioch’s newest council member, Tony Tiscareno. Good luck, God bless and do well.
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