Mayor Bob Simmons and Mayor Pro Tem Kish Rajan will run for re-election in November. But veteran Councilman Gary Skrel, who has served as mayor twice, said he is still deciding whether to run for a fourth term.
Skrel has time to make that decision. The official beginning to municipal election season starts Monday, when prospective candidates can take out papers and file with the city clerk. Anyone wishing to run has until Aug. 10 to file, unless an incumbent such as Skrel doesn't run then the deadline is extended to Aug. 15. In Walnut Creek there are three council seats up, each with a four-year term.
If Skrel decides not to run, it would likely mean more candidates will enter the race.
Both Simmons and Rajan were elected to their first terms in 2008. Simmons is currently serving his first term as mayor. He said he plans to start the election process Monday with the city clerk, which would launch his campaign.
Rajan plans to do the same, and if re-elected is next in the line to become mayor.
"This is my hometown so the thought of being mayor of the town I grew up in, having that responsibility to be the leader of the City Council ... is very humbling and a very exciting opportunity," he said.
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