The following statement came to Napa Patch Wednesday morning by email from Peter Mott:
Napa City Councilmember Peter Mott today announced he will challenge Jill Techel in the race for Mayor this November.
Mott, in his second term on the Napa City Council, made his decision to run for Mayor believing Napa needs a leader who moves beyond complacency, instead setting clear goals and outlining a path to accomplish them. He exemplified that ideology when advocating for Napa on Ice last fall. Despite being told “no” time and time again, he persisted in successfully opening the community-oriented, family-friendly skating rink in Napa over the holidays, with proceeds benefitting local charities.
Peter has been active both on the City Council and in the community. As a Councilmember, he currently serves on the Napa-Vallejo Waste Management Authority, the Joint City/County Affordable Housing Task Force, and the Napa County Gang and Youth Violence Commission. Prior to joining the City Council, he served for two years on the City of Napa Planning Commission. Outside of his official Council duties Mott works to improve the lives of local residents in many ways. He formed the Association of Napa Neighborhoods, re-established the popular 4th of July parade, and co-founded the Napa County Science Fair. Mott is currently working on “Celebrating Seniors”, a downtown event to recognize our local senior population.
Mott’s top priority as a candidate is to bring the focus back to locals and how to better provide for Napa residents. “While we have accomplished much in efforts to create a balanced budget these past few years, I believe the City has lost focus of those that we serve, the residents that live here”. Mott said during his announcement to a small gathering of family and friends this past weekend. “Our community is extremely diverse including a large senior and Latino population that is underserved and under represented. We need to control rising utility rates and create programs, housing, and facilities that benefit everyone in our City. I want Napa to be the best City to live, work, and play in California and to accomplish that we need strong leadership and a clear focus from the top. It is not enough to wait for change to happen, I plan on creating change”.
Mott is married to his wife, Nancy, and together they have two daughters: Madison and Teagan. He has also owned and operated Sunmaster for 29 years, a window film and covering company based in Napa.
Mott's announcement bears out the prediction made in the months ago that every member of the current city council would be campaigning in an election in 2012:
Mark van Gorder and Juliana Inman have challenged incumbent Mark Luce for county supervisor in District 2, with van Gorder Luce's likely opponent in the November runoff following June's primary election.
Jim Krider is running for re-election, with several political newcomers poised to challenge him for a council seat.
Mott and Techel are now running against each other.
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