Ray Buenaventura appointed to Daly City vacant council seat 

Local attorney Ray Buenaventura was appointed Monday night to the Daly City council, filling a vacancy that opened in February when a council member was forced to resign.

The council voted 3-1 to select Buenaventura, 46, to replace former Councilor Maggie Gomez, who stepped down in late February after pleading no contest to felony worker’s compensation fraud charges.

He was chosen out of nine candidates who applied for the appointment by a Friday deadline, though three had withdrawn their applications by Monday night, said City Clerk Annette Hipona.

Buenaventura, an attorney focusing on criminal defense and a member of the city’s library board, will hold the seat until the November election, when voters will choose a permanent replacement for Gomez, whose term runs through 2014.

Councilor David Canepa voted against Buenaventura’s appointment, saying he thought Thomas Nuris, a Jefferson Union High School District trustee, was better suited for the job. The council asked each candidate 12 questions Monday night about the city’s budget, their ideas for Daly City and other issues.

“When you look at the résumés, they’re both pretty strong,” Canepa said, “but when it came to the actual interview process, in my mind Tom Nuris was by far the stronger candidate.”

sbishop@sfexaminer.com

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