Words of support from the upper echelon are often a sign of good things to come — and that's exactly what Gilroy Mayoral Candidate Peter Arellano is hoping for with his batch of endorsements from California elected officials.
Arellano is looking to replace Al Pinheiro as mayor of Gilroy in next month's election, and his campaign appears to be picking up steam.
According to Arellano Campaign Consultant Eric Hernandez, Arellano, currently a Gilroy City Council member, has earned endorsements from "Congressman Mike Honda, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Assembly members Bill Monning and Luis Alejo, ... Council Member Peter Leroe-Muñoz, the Sierra Club and many other local and regional leaders."
Arellano told Patch in the spring that among his priorities for Gilroy are safe neighborhoods, education, developing downtown and preserving farmland. If elected, he would be the first mayor of Gilroy ever to be of Mexican-American descent.
One of his most recent initiatives was saving the pool at South Valley Junior High to ensure that Gilroy has family-friendly facilities.
"The pool was not only about saving a recreational site but about having a place where children can go to be safe and engaged. It was also about doing what was right," Arellano said.
He was also the only Gilroy council member to advocate for immediately improving the softball field at Sunrise Park at a meeting in September.
"My campaign is aimed at uniting seniors, young voters, educators, the community, businesses, workers, resources, families and community groups," Arellano said. "[I want to] engage and involve these segments of the community to stand together to make Gilroy a better place to live."
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