By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma City Councilwoman Teresa Barrett will seek re-election to a third term, joining four others vying for three open council seats this November.
Barrett, who took office in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010, said she wants to continue fighting for her view of what serves Petaluma’s approximately 60,000 residents best.
She joins another council member, Chris Albertson, former Councilwoman Pam Torliatt, Dave King and Ken Quinto, who have also formally announced their intentions to run.
Councilman Mike Harris is challenging Mayor David Glass for the separately elected mayoral position.
Barrett, 66, is considered one of the most liberal members of the council, opposing large-scale development, supporting an increase in the city’s hotel tax and seeking environmentally friendly concessions from developers.
She said her campaign will be grassroots and will “keep a voice on the council that speaks for families, neighborhoods, small-business owners and seniors.”
After nine years on the Planning Commission and almost eight on the council, Barrett said residents probably know her political leanings well by now.
“I feel I have been pretty consistent in my message that I want to see Petaluma work for the people who live here and really capitalize on our strengths,” she said, citing downtown, the city’s strong neighborhoods, the river and recreational opportunities.
Approving the Target and Friedman’s shopping centers was a “big strategic blunder,” she said, although she acknowledged both stores filled an unmet retail need for local residents.
She said she is proud of winning concessions, even small ones, from developers of both shopping centers. Both were approved in part with traffic relief promised by the Rainier Avenue overcrossing, which isn’t funded and may never happen, she said.
“I find that to be really a huge issue that is going to be something that will come back to bite us,” she said.
Barrett said she expects other candidates may enter the race before the deadline this summer.
(You can reach Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or email@example.com.)