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Election Day: Candidates for Mayor of San Rafael

Do you know your candidates for San Rafael mayor? Here's your chance to get to know them.

With the election of a new mayor for San Rafael coming up on Tuesday, San Rafael Patch is presenting brief points about the candidates and their stands on key matters. Material is derived from the League of Women Voters’ smartvoter.org. and the candidates’ websites. They are running for a four-year term; candidates are presented alphabetically.

Greg Brockbank has had a private civil law practice in San Rafael for over 25 years, and currently owns and operates Marin Law Center. He and his wife Esther Wanning, a psychotherapist, have two children, Amy and Brennan, both of whom are teachers. He is currently vice-mayor of San Rafael.

 Among his other biographical highlights:

  • Former member of the College of Marin Board of Trustees
  • First Vice Chair of the North Bay Division of the League of California Cities
  • San Rafael's delegate to the Association of Bay Area Governments and the League of California Cities
  • Co-Chair, Marin Green B.E.R.S.T. (Building Energy Retrofit & Solar Transformation, a countywide collaboration)
  • Marin Energy Authority, alternate member

His stated priorities are to bolster the local economy by creating a new Downtown Vision Plan; Open up city governance on agendas, meeting times and locations, even consider a rotating mayor system; Protect vital natural resources, and continue landmark environmental policies to reduce greenhouse gases and traffic congestion.

Brockbank is endorsed by Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, State Senator Mark Leno, the Sierra Club and others.

Website: brockbankformayor.com

Gary Phillips is a partner of DZH Phillips LLP, a regional CPA/Business Advisory and Consulting firm. Gary and his wife of 41 years, Linda, have made San Rafael their home since 1972.  Together, they’ve raised three children, Kenneth (36), Janette (33), Lisa (30), to become active members in the San Rafael community. He has served for12 years on the San Rafael City Council, including 3 years as vice-mayor.

His other experience:

  • 8 years on the Dixie School Board, including President 2 years
  • 3 years San Rafael Planning Commission, including Chair
  • Co-chair of Measure C to provide essential funding for San Rafael libraries
  • San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
  • Board/Executive Member: Dixie Youth Soccer (including President)

His stated priorities include long term fiscal strength, responsive public safety and neighborhood and environmental preservation.

Phillips is endorsed in the race by Mayor Al Boro, Supervisor Hal Brown, San Rafael Police & Fire among others.

Website: www.votegaryphillips.com

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