Jeff Mayne, president of Petaluma’s Downtown Association, on Tuesday announced his candidacy for mayor of Petaluma.
Mayne, 51, will challenge city Councilman David Glass, who announced he is also running for the seat currently held by Mayor Pam Torliatt.
Torliatt is running against three others for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors south county seat. If none of the four get a majority of votes in the June 8 primary, the top two will face each other in a runoff election in November.
If Torliatt is among the runoff candidates, she will be forced to give up her mayoral seat, which expires in December. Four seats on the Petaluma council, including the mayor’s position, are on the November ballot.
In his announcement Tuesday afternoon on Facebook, Mayne said he hopes to “break the gridlock” in the existing City Hall makeup.
Frequently, council votes settle on a 4-3 breakdown, led by a slow-growth majority of Torliatt, Glass and Councilwomen Teresa Barrett and Tiffany Renee. The more business-friendly minority is comprised of David Rabbitt, Mike Healy and Mike Harris.
“Petaluma must invest in economic development if we are to survive and prosper,” Mayne said in his announcement.
“Our council has deprived us of necessary revenue, losing millions of dollars of sales tax revenue to neighboring communities.”
He is the president of Excel Mortgage on Weller Street in Petaluma.
— Lori A. Carter
The Press Democrat