Gilroy City Council race ready, set to go

Peter Leroe-Munoz

Gilroy City Councilman Peter Arellano met Friday with City Clerk
Shawna Freels to file all the necessary paperwork ending the
speculation on whether the two-term incumbent would make another
council run.
Gilroy City Councilman Peter Arellano met Friday with City Clerk Shawna Freels to file all the necessary paperwork ending the speculation on whether the two-term incumbent would make another council run.

Freels also met with Peter Leroe-Muñoz, deputy district attorney for San Benito County. She said both candidates qualified Monday for the November city council election.

With the two new additions, the race for the three open council seats has grown to seven and includes a diverse field of contenders.

Other candidates who already have met criteria are: Councilman Dion Bracco, former city council members Paul Kloecker and Russ Valiquette, former planning commissioner Art Barron and former City of Santa Clara employee Pasquale Greco. Councilman Craig Gartman will not be seeking another term.

In addition to completing proper paperwork, prospective candidates must gather at least 20 valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.

Leroe-Muñoz said he had been away from town with family last week, causing a delay in getting his paperwork completed and looked forward to the upcoming campaign.

While Friday was the last day for incumbents such as Arellano to qualify, the nomination for all nonincumbents runs through Wednesday, Freels said.

Freels said she didn’t expect any possible candidates to qualify Wednesday.

While Leroe-Muñoz had made his intentions known about running for the council, Arellano had previously said he was undecided. Arellano, who could not be reached for comment Monday, previously said he had been recovering from a failed bid for supervisor he described as spiritually, emotionally and financially draining. The local physician has served on the council from 1999 to 2003 and from 2005 to present.

The two-term incumbent has said the budget continues to be a pressing issue for the city along with the need to spur the local economy. He also wants to ensure that the California High-Speed Rail project is implemented in a way that best serves Gilroy residents.

He supported a failed ordinance that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries the ability to operate in Gilroy. He has also fought consistently for prevailing wages for workers that build city projects.

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