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Shepherd Romey To Defend Council Seat

Declaring an intention to continue her work “to preserve the best of San Marino and protect public safety,” Gretchen Shepherd Romey told The Tribune on July 4 that she will be defending her seat on the San Marino City Council at the Tuesday, Nov. 1, election.

“There remains a good deal of consequential work that needs to be completed, particularly related to this city’s housing element, which requires working through some difficult legal issues in order to best protect our single-family residential neighborhoods,” Shepherd Romey said.

The councilwoman also mentioned the effort to update the City’s General Plan after more than a decade, which she said will “involve bringing together many in our community to determine the best course of action for the future of our unique and beautiful city.”

Mayor Susan Jakubowski and City Councilman Ken Ude told the Tribune in an interview last month that they will not be seeking reelection this November. Jakubowski, Shepherd Romey and Ude were elected in 2017 and their terms were immediately set at five years to comply with the state’s provision to hold elections in even-numbered years. The terms of the successful candidates on Nov. 1 will return to four years.

Nomination papers will be available on Monday, July 18, and the deadline to submit a declaration of candidacy will be Friday, Aug. 12. If incumbents fail to file a declaration of candidacy by the August deadline, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Shepherd Romey stated that her campaign chairs — Nancy Hoffman and former Mayor Rary Simmons — have announced their intention to support her as they did in 2017.

Councilmen Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang do not face re-election until November 2024. City Council candidates are encouraged to email cityclerk@cityofsanmarino.org.

“The many insights and in-depth experience gained during my first term on council will be useful in all the areas of municipal work that continue,” Shepherd Romey concluded.

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