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Three Council members hope to return

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Three Auburn City Council members are hoping to represent residents for another four years. The Placer County Office of Elections issued papers to Councilmen Kevin Hanley and Mike Holmes and Mayor Bridget Powers, according to employee Ferrin Call at the elections office. As of Wednesday afternoon, no other potential candidates had taken papers from the elections office. The three council members’ terms end in November. Hanley, Holmes and Powers now have until Aug. 6, the last date to file for the Nov. 2 election, to gather at least 20 signatures from the community, according to Call. Mayor Bridget Powers, who planned to have a campaign kickoff barbecue Wednesday night in Central Square, said she is looking forward to another possible term on Auburn City Council. “I’m very excited to be running for City Council for my second term, and I’m looking forward to continuing with the projects that we have been working on for the last four years, almost four and a half years, that I’ve been on the City Council,” Powers said. Powers said she is looking forward to completing phase two of Streetscape and securing funding for the rest of the phases. Holmes said his top priorities are public safety including services offered by the Auburn Police and Fire departments and the Public Works Department. Holmes said he has been happy to help make decisions about various topics. “I am proud of the record I have established in representing you on the city council,” Holmes said. “Some of those votes and issues have not been easy, but I am especially proud of my role in protecting private property rights when we expanded the redevelopment district. We voted not to use eminent domain for solely economic development projects. We put funds aside in a reserve account in the event we faced an economic downturn such as we’ve had over the past few years with falling revenue sources for the city.” Holmes said he would be announcing several fundraising events in the future and citizens can visit his website at holmes4auburn.com. Hanley said he is having a fundraising event from 5-7 p.m. July 25 at Latitudes Restaurant on Maple Street. For information about the event, or to RSVP, e-mail commonsense@kevinhanley.org or call Hanley at (530) 906-1042. Hanley declined to comment Wednesday. He said he would discuss his campaign in a press release he plans to issue Friday. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com