As for the three challengers, we recommend Sandoval. This earnest newcomer has little political experience, but his straightforward demeanor shows he’s there not for the perks but to make his community a better place. THE city of San Fernando could teach its gigantic neighbor of Los Angeles a lesson in competitive municipal races. While most City Council races in L.A. have little or no competition, the three seats in San Fernando have garnered six candidates and a lively at-large race. Three incumbents – Nury Martinez, Steve Veres and Julie Ruelas – and three newcomers – Danitza Pantoja, Ruben Sandoval Jr. and James Lawson – are running for three open seats. The three highest vote-getters will join the council. Of the incumbents, we recommend that voters re-elect Veres and Martinez. These two energetic, intelligent and young council members appear to care about making their city a better place through smart business growth and preservation of the city’s assets. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!