The race to replace outgoing Mayor Bill Clarkson has officially begun, with Aparna Madireddi becoming the first resident to declare their candidacy for the November election.
A former City Council candidate, Madireddi announced her mayoral candidacy last week well ahead of the nomination filing period that opens later this year. It could be a crowded election, with Clarkson terming out this year after his fourth term in office.
“I stepped up to run for Mayor because our City is at a critical point. We live in a different era where things are changing rapidly. Policies and ideas that may have worked in the past will not pass the litmus test today, when it comes to effective governance. I want San Ramon to be fiscally smart and sound for decades to come,” Madireddi told DanvilleSanRamon.com.
“Forewarned is forearmed. If you can anticipate what is coming, you will be prepared to deal with it much more effectively. That is the only way that the current and future generations can continue to enjoy living here just as much as previous generations did,” she added.
Currently serving as the District II representative on Contra Costa County Census 2020 Committee and chair of the city's Open Space Advisory Committee, Madireddi is a 22-year resident of San Ramon and small business owner of a software consulting firm. She holds a master’s degree in Geography and specialized in urban, rural and human geography, including land-use planning.
Madireddi previously ran for elected office in November 2018, finishing in fourth place in the four-candidate race for two open City Council seats.
At this stage in the process, Madireddi has broken down her mayoral candidacy platform to four key elements: advocating for local control, engaging the community and encouraging public participation in key issues of city governance, keeping residents informed through a hands-on approach and protecting San Ramon’s open space.
“Through my long history of leadership experience in multiple civic and community endeavors at the local and county level, I have gained a clear understanding of the factors that will keep our community vibrant and thriving,” Madireddi said. “I am confident that I am the right person to lead the thriving community of San Ramon.”
To learn more about Madireddi and her campaign, visit www.aparnaforsanramon.com.