Zach Hilton
Zach Hilton
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Gilroy City Councilmember Zach Hilton announced he will be seeking re-election in 2024.

Hilton, a firefighter/paramedic for the Oakland Fire Department, was first elected to the council in 2020 after serving as chair of the Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission.

“Over the past six years, as former chair of the Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Commission and current Gilroy City Councilmember, I’ve gained the governing experience and built the necessary coalitions within the community and region to have a seat on the Gilroy City Council,” he said in a July 24 press release. “Whether it is accomplishments we made in active transportation, safe routes to school, welcoming new businesses that allow us to grow as a community, housing for all, and safe spaces for youth, the role my office plays in the community makes me proud each day.”

During his time on the council, Hilton said his office has worked with state and federal legislators to secure $4.85 million for project funding in Gilroy, such as for a bike/pedestrian trail extension on the westside, San Ysidro Park improvements and a crosswalk for senior housing on the southside.

The mayor’s seat and three council seats are up for election on Nov. 5, 2024. The nomination period opens on July 15, 2024 and closes on Aug. 9, 2024.

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Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.


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