Bill Kelly, one of seven declared candidates vying for three seats on the Hercules City Council in November, has received the endorsement of Fred Deltorchio, the retired Hercules police chief and former interim city manager.
"I will break my vow of 'apoliticalism' and join the list of your supporters," Deltorchio wrote in an email to Kelly late last month that has since been made public. "The city has rejected 'reality-based leadership' long enough ... the council needs you."
Hercules has been the scene of a series of grandiose but unrealized development plans in recent years, mostly during the tenure of the last permanent city manager, Nelson Oliva, who resigned in January 2011 under public pressure. All of the members of the 2010 council have been replaced; two were voted out in November 2010, another resigned in January 2011, and the remaining two were recalled in June 2011.
Kelly, and three other challengers -- Sherry McCoy, Hector Rubio and Phil Simmons -- as well as incumbent Gerard Boulanger have qualified for the Nov. 6 election after submitting the requisite number of valid signatures on their nominating petitions. The two other incumbents, William Wilkins and Dan Romero, the current mayor, are expected to file their election papers this week.
Kelly is an attorney and former San Francisco police officer.
Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760.