Former San Rafael councilman Greg Brockbank formally announced Tuesday he will run for San Rafael City Council in a contested race this November.
Brockbank, who was on the council from 2007 to 2011 and lost a race for San Rafael mayor in November 2011, will face council members Kate Colin and Barbara Heller on the November ballot.
Heller, who has been on council since 1993, confirmed Tuesday afternoon she plans to run for re-election in the fall.
Colin, who was appointed to replace Assembly member Marc Levine’s seat in January, also plans run in Nov. 5 election for a four-year term, Heller said.
In a release, Brockbank said the issues he would focus on as a council member include:
- Further “greening” San Rafael by reducing its carbon footprint and implementing the Climate Change Action Plan
- Improving transit options and economic development in the downtown area
- Inviting neighborhood participation in decisions made at City Hall that affect residents’ quality of life
He said San Rafael officials should focus on getting more people to come downtown to eat and shop.
Brockbank, an attorney, works at the Marin Law Center and is on the boards of Sustainable San Rafael, the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, Senior Access, and the American Sports Institute. He also serves on the Green Committee of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, the San Rafael Community Coalition, the Homelessness Policy Steering Committee, and the Thursday Morning Group.
Brockbank said he has already earned “support” to run for council from Congressman Jared Huffman, former Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Senator Mark Leno and former assembly members Vivien Bronshvag and Michael Allen.
San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips beat Brockback with 56 percent of the vote in the 2011 race to replace former San Rafael Mayor Al Boro.
In the same election 2011, council member Damon Connolly was re-elected to council and Peacock Gap resident Andrew McCullough was elected to council.
Residents interested in running in the race can pull papers from the city as early as July 15, according to San Rafael City Clerk Esther Beirne.
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