Nine residents have indicated that they will run for the Mountain View City Council this fall, and the official filing period hasn't even opened yet.
After serving eight years on the council, Jac Siegel, Ronit Bryant and Margaret-Abe-Koga will step down due to term limits in December. The election may bring a significant shift on housing policies as the trio was elected during a time when many residents were protesting new housing developments in their neighborhoods, and the three members have often opposed housing development during their terms, including a plan for 1,100 units for Google employees in North Bayshore. As council members noted last week, public opinion has shifted toward a growing concern about gentrification and a lack of housing for the city's rapidly expanding workforce.
In recent weeks three residents have said they'll join the race: longtime county official Ellen Kamei, attorney Mercedes Salem, and bike and pedestrian committee member Greg Unangst, who has spoken in favor of more housing growth in the city.
The filing period for council candidates to officially join the race begins July 14 and ends Aug. 13, which includes the five-day extension for open seats with no incumbent running.
Those who previously declared an intent to run include planning commissioners Helen Wolter and Lisa Matichak, human relations commissioner Ken Rosenberg, and former planning commissioner Patricia Showalter. IT administrator James Neal and environmental planning commissioner Margaret Capriles said they will run again after coming up short in the 2012 council election.