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UPDATED Gilmore announces mayoral candidacy

Submitted by on 1, November 17, 2009 – 1:20 pmNo Comment
Councilwoman Marie Gilmore

Councilwoman Marie Gilmore

Updated 2:29 p.m. Tuesday, November 17

Promising “thoughtful leadership” on a veritable cornucopia of issues that our little Island is facing, City Councilwoman Marie Gilmore has officially tossed her hat into the mayor’s race.

“As a community we face many challenges – and opportunities – and I am excited to work with my fellow citizens to help Alameda move in the right direction,” Gilmore was quoted as saying in a press release that went out Tuesday.

Gilmore said she would address the Island’s nagging, ongoing fiscal issues; support business development and local shopping and dining opportunities; move forward on Alameda Point “in a way that is achievable, sustainable and benefits the whole city”; and help the Island’s youths and seniors.

In addition to facing a huge decision on how to develop the Point, city leaders are facing long-term,public employee benefit costs they can’t pay, a dearth of sales tax dollars and a reputation as a place where it is difficult to do business.

Gilmore said Tuesday afternoon that while she supports the land plan the community and SunCal have developed for the Point, “the initiative, as written, is not in the best interests of the city.” Still, Gilmore is hopeful that a deal can be reached before the city’s exclusive negotiating agreement with SunCal expires in July 2010.

Gilmore has a law degree from Boalt Hall and a long history of city service, including six years on the council, eight years on the Planning Board and three on the Recreation and Park Commission. During her time on the council, she said she worked to:

(R)estore and open the historic Alameda Theatre, bring a brand new public library to town, attract new local businesses, renovate Alameda Towne Centre, enhance Park and Webster Streets, begin construction of the Stargell Avenue extension, hire a world-class management team to improve the level of service of the Alameda Golf Complex, and continue development of Harbor Bay Business Park to provide small business opportunities.

Gilmore’s announcement brings to two the number of people who have officially announced plans to run for mayor. Councilwoman Lena Tam told The Island in October that she plans to run for the seat, which will be vacated when Beverly Johnson terms out in 2010.

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