By the Daily Post staff
Palo Alto City Councilman Tom DuBois announced today (May 30) that he will be running for re-election, becoming the third candidate for the three seats up for grabs this fall.
Councilman Eric Filseth, whose term expires this year, hasn’t said whether he is running for re-election.
DuBois said he would continue to focus on the issues he believes are important to residents, “housing, transparent government, and sensible, balanced growth that considers cumulative impacts to traffic, parks, schools and other city infrastructure.”
DuBois, 54, is employed by Google and lives on Matadero Avenue. He has an electrical engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from Georgetown. He has started and run several technology companies as CEO.
He moved to Palo Alto more than 20 years ago and is raising two children here, one in high school and the other in college.
As for his four years on council, DuBois said, “I have been an open book — I have voted exactly how I’ve told people I would.” On council he has led efforts to establish residential parking permits, protect retail, establish an office cap, combat jet noise and complete the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
“Palo Alto is at a crossroads,” he said. “We need to convert offices into housing to counter the enormous pressures our infrastructure is facing from commuters. We need to protect neighborhoods and ensure people can park in front of their own house. I will always advocate for residents’ concerns on the city council.”
Only three seats will be available in the Nov. 6 election because the council is going from nine seats to seven following Measure D in 2014. Council members Karen Holman and Greg Scharff are termed out after serving eight years each.