WALNUT CREEK -- City council candidates Barry Grove, a county assistant deputy district attorney, Mayor Pro Tem Kish Rajan and Mayor Bob Simmons were all endorsed publicly Thursday night by the Walnut Creek Police Association, which made its announcement on its Facebook page.
There are three four-year seats up for election in November.
The police association is made up of every sworn officer in the department except the chief. Members made their endorsement decision after speaking with each of the candidates, according to the Facebook post. They feel the three candidates "share our vision of a safe community, fiscal responsibility, and responsible growth."
The association decided not to endorse local businessman Justin Wedel, who the group did endorse in 2010 over incumbent Cindy Silva, who eventually won re-election. Kristina Lawson was also elected to the council in 2010.
Besides Wedel, the association also passed on Loella Haskew, a certified public accountant.
"We respect their desire to serve this community but feel the three candidates we are endorsing have the right qualifications to best confront the challenges we face in Walnut Creek," according to the post.
Grove has known about the endorsement for the last few weeks because he referred to it in his candidate statement, where he said the city needs far more police officers then it has.
The association became politically activefor the first time two
The association also formed a political action committee in 2010 and spent around $30,000 in support of Lawson and Wedel.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.