Two Falls Church officials have announced they will run for election to the Falls Church City Council May 10, bringing to six the number of candidates who have entered the race.
Board of Zoning Appeals Vice Chairman Joseph A. Pelletier, a former Planning Commission member who has served on the zoning board 11 years, declared his candidacy Friday. Donald Kinner, who heads the city's Housing Commission, announced plans to run Monday.
Three seats on the council are up for election. Incumbents Edward B. Strait and J. Roger Wollenberg, whose terms expire June 30, have said they will seek reelection to the seven-member council. Ray Stewart, who made an unsuccessful bid for the council two years ago, and School Board member Philip J. Walsh have announced intentions to run.
Council member W. John Cameron, whose term also expires June 30, has said he will not seek reelection.
Both candidates said they will seek the endorsement of Citizens for a Better City, Falls Church's nonpartisan political organization. The group is scheduled to endorse three candidates at its nominating convention Feb. 4.
Pelletier, 62, retired as an engineer from the U.S. Navy Department in 1980. He said he believes city officials have not given enough study to some significant programs they have been advocating. Pelletier said he is not convinced, for example, of the need for a group home within the city for troubled teen-age girls from Falls Church and Arlington, a proposal strongly backed by the current council.
Kinner, 30, is a lawyer with the civil division of the Justice Department.
"Primarily, I'm interested in seeing the development of the city offer some diverse living opportunities," he said. Kinner said he would like the city to attract young families with children and, at the same time, provide housing alternatives to retain its elderly.
Both candidates said they favor updating the city's 1978 Master Plan.