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Burbank city clerk faces election contest

But interim city treasurer will run unopposed for office in February primary.

December 08, 2012|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com
  • Interim Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullin faces two challengers in the February primary election.
Interim Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullin faces two challengers… (Courtesy of Zizette…)

The office of city treasurer is one race Burbank residents won't have to worry about, with Debbie Kukta — the former school board member who was appointed to fill the vacated post — facing no opposition for her seat. Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins, however, will face two challengers in the Feb. 26 primary, Nonna von Sonn and Maria Gloria Salas.

Mullins was also appointed to fill the vacancy, and so is running for the first time.


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Zizette Mullins

Age: 50

Occupation: interim Burbank city clerk

Zizette Mullins was appointed as Burbank city clerk in June after a 25-year career working in multiple departments for the city of Glendale.

In Glendale, the 30-year Burbank resident served as the community relations coordinator and held positions in the finance, economic development and the city's utility.

Prior to that, Mullins worked as a banker at Wells Fargo in Burbank.

When former City Clerk Margarita Campos retired early, the vacant post “was a great opportunity to say, ‘I'm coming home again,'” Mullins said.

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“My love has always been being a public service employee,” she added.

Mullins — who immigrated to the United States from Egypt at 13 — touted her experience working with diverse communities.

In the past, she's served on Burbank's Civil Service Board and the Human Relations Council.

In 2006, Mullins — who holds a bachelor's degree in business management — and her family opened the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Burbank, which they operated for six years.

Nonna von Sonn

Age: 55

Occupation: Executive assistant in the city's Financial Services Department

Nonna von Sonn moved to Burbank about 15 years ago and has worked for the city the last 10 in assisting the finance department and City Council.

As an executive assistant in the Financial Services Department, von Sonn's duties include time-keeping, departmental record-keeping, scheduling and working with the public.

The single mother raised three children in Burbank. While her children attended Burbank schools, she joined the PTA and headed the Baseball Booster Club.

She currently serves on Burbank's Relay for Life Committee, and in the past, served on the city's Centennial Committee.

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