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Tiffany Renee to seek reelection for Petaluma council seat

Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Renee announced Monday she will seek election to a second term in November.

Renee joins Planning Commissioner Alicia Kae Herries, who announced her intention to run for council earlier this year, and Councilman Gabe Kearney, who will seek election to a full term.

Kearney was appointed to the council two years ago to complete the final years of David Glass's term when Glass was elected mayor in the middle of his council term.

Councilman Mike Healy may also run for reelection, although he has not confirmed that publicly.

Three seats on the seven-member council will be on the November ballot.

In June, Renee finished eighth among 12 candidates, with 2 percent of the vote, in the primary for the 2nd Congressional District seat, which is being vacated by retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey. The top two finishers, Jared Huffman and Dan Roberts, will face a runoff for the seat in November.

Amid difficult budget cutbacks during her term, Renee has urged the Petaluma council to protect the "social safety net" programs, consider increasing the sales tax to fund city services and explore allowing medical marijuana cooperatives to operate in Petaluma.

She has sought tighter development restrictions than some of her colleagues, including votes in opposition to the Target and Friedman's shopping centers.

Renee, who is married and runs her own web design company, has served on numerous local and regional boards during her time on the council.

Aug. 10 is the deadline to file election papers with the city, although that would be extended five days if an incumbent doesn't seek reelection.


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