Businessman Ron Basso, who built a Bay Area chain of home furnishing companies from his Sebastopol upholstery shop, has become the first to announce his candidacy for the Sebastopol City Council.
The seats of Mayor Sarah Gurney and council members Larry Robinson and Linda Kelley are up for re-election in November.
Robinson has said he is stepping down. Gurney is withholding an announcement until after the June election and Kelley has not indicated whether she will run or not.
Basso, 51, a Sebastopol native who has been on the city’s Design Review Board for seven years, filed his intention to run with the Sebastopol city clerk.
“At this point I don’t think there is any particular problem,” Basso said. “I think I bring a fresh perspective and look at things objectively and fairly. That is the council members job, to work for the greater good.”
Basso retired in 2006, closing his six Bay Area R.S. Basso stores, including his flagship Sebastopol store and an outlet on the Healdsburg Plaza. He started with a Sebastopol upholstery shop in 1981.
— Bob Norberg
The Press Democrat