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Mayor running for reelection

By: Melody Stone
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Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers, is gearing up for reelection in November while acting out her current mayoral term. Powers said she’s motivated by a job well done, whether in her day job as a pension consultant or when running a marathon or serving as Auburn’s mayor. “I want to be No. 1 — top of my game,” Powers said. “I want to be the best at what I do.” In her time on the city council, Powers boasts she helped get the Auburn Streetscape project phase one completed, and helping complete the city’s parking and traffic studies. “I just love making a difference,” Powers said. Even as a teen she volunteered at an elementary school’s after school program. In the next four years Powers said she wants to become more secure in her consulting business, extend the Streetscape project, help develop Auburn’s businesses, go backpacking more and maintain a positive, forward thinking attitude. “It’s fun being mayor,” Powers said. “(Getting to) talk about what we’ve done and what the future holds.” In 2003 Powers participated in a 12-month program called Leadership Auburn in which she learned about city government; the program inspired her to run for office. Powers first ran for city council in 2004. She campaigned two months and lost by 64 votes. “I had a lot of good support,” Powers said. After her loss she was appointed to the Planning Commission. In 2005, Alice Dowdin, the mayor at the time, stepped down and suggested Powers be appointed to the city council’s empty seat. Current Councilman Kevin Hanley agreed with Dowdin’s suggestion. “I really work well with Bridget and when there was a vacancy on the city council I had the pleasure of nominating her,” Hanley said. “Then she won election in her own right.” In 2006 Powers ran again this time winning by 64 votes. “I have a really great working relationship with Bridget,” Hanley said. “She’s good at team work and that’s what a city council is all about.” Ann Bryant, Auburn real estate broker and a member of the Committee to Elect Bridget Powers counts herself as one of Powers’ supporters. “(Powers) cares so much about Auburn,” Bryant said. “I love the way she listens to what people want and need.” Bryant helped organize Powers’ kick-off campaign breakfast Thursday morning at Tsuda’s. She said the breakfast will be an intimate gathering and a good chance to talk with Powers. Space is still available. Powers will be competing for one of three open council seats in November. The deadline for candidates to file is Aug. 6. The filing period begins July 12. Hanley and Councilman Mike Holmes are also completing their four-year council terms. Holmes said he is planning to seek reelection. Hanley is seriously considering running. “I think the team we have in place right now works well,” Holmes said. “But I believe we need to have a contested race.” What: Continental Breakfast reception for Bridget Powers — Reelection Campaign Kick-off When: March 11, 7:30-9 a.m. Where: Tsuda’s, 103 Sacramento St., (530) 823-2233 Cost: $50 Hosted by the Committee to Elect Bridget Powers