Lawyer Dave King enters race for Petaluma City Council

  • Dave King, submitted photo

Petaluma's City Council election is coming into clearer focus.

Longtime Petaluma lawyer Dave King said Tuesday he is seeking a council spot, the third candidate to officially announce a campaign for three seats that will appear on the November ballot.

Newcomer Ken Quinto has also announced a run, along with former Councilwoman Pam Torliatt and incumbent Chris Albertson, who is seeking a second term.

Councilman Mike Harris is challenging Mayor David Glass for the separately elected mayoral position.

Teresa Barrett, whose term expires at the end of the year, has not announced whether she will seek re-election.

King, 57, describes himself as a moderate who will run an independent campaign.

A lawyer for more than a quarter-century, King has run his downtown Petaluma law practice for 22 years. He has represented more than 1,000 clients in state and federal courts, in all areas of employment law including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour law, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, contract drafting and general commercial and business litigation.

He also serves as a mediator in civil litigation matters.

He said he is neither a progressive nor a conservative.

"I'm a civil rights lawyer who has also been the president of the chamber of commerce," he said. "I think there's a balance.

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