Local business owner to make City Council run
Alameda’s got a new face in its City Council race in the form of one Adam Gillitt, a business owner who has lived on the Island since 2002.
Gillitt, 40, said in an e-mail interview that he wishes to provide strong, independent and open representation to local residents that he says is lacking at City Hall. If elected, he hopes to hire a permanent city manager; bring “sensible planning and light industry” to Alameda Point; and bring more opportunities for the arts, green technologies and modern communications to the Island, according to the platform posted to his website. He told The Island he would also work to provide better oversight of how the city’s money is spent and eliminate alleged corruption at City Hall.
“Most importantly, I will return a voice that has been missing from City Council: a regular, sensible, everyday citizen, who loves this City and wants to stand up and serve in the the best interest of my neighbors and include your input to the decision making process in this City,” he wrote on his site.
He said he was motivated to run by allegations of improprieties against City Councilwoman Lena Tam and Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant, both of whom he has criticized in comments on The Island and local blogs. Tam is accused of leaking confidential information to SunCal, the local firefighters union and others, while Gallant has been accused of favoritism in handing out city contracts.
He is also seeking to continue his family’s tradition of public service, his website says. He said his parents served on local boards in commissions where they live and his uncle was a town manager in Maine.
Gillitt was on Park Street on Monday greeting potential voters and seeking the signatures he needs to complete his nominating papers for the office.
The Baltimore native, who has a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Brown University, owns Gillico Worldwide, which provides graphic design, social networking and creative services, his website says.
Gillitt is one of three people who have so far declared their candidacy for two open council seats, though no one had filed the necessary paperwork for their candidacy as of Thursday evening. Tam is running for re-election to her seat, and Health Care District Board Trustee Rob Bonta is also running for a seat.
As of Thursday, Board of Education Trustee Mike McMahon was the only candidate to file papers to run for a school board seat, two of which are available. Jim Oddie, an attorney who serves as co-president of the Alameda Democratic Club, filed papers to run for the Health Care District board, which has three open seats.
The deadline to file nominating papers is August 6 in races where an incumbent chooses to run for his or her seat again, and August 11 for races in which incumbents don’t run.