Distrust marks Petaluma City Council campaign landscape

Distrust among some Petaluma City Council candidates and current office-holders prompted two contenders last week to skip an election forum organized by the mayor.

Mayor David Glass has endorsed two of the six candidates running for election on Nov. 6, Jason Davies and Alicia Kae Herries. Three seats are on the ballot, those of incumbents Gabe Kearney, Tiffany Renee and Mike Healy.

So when Glass coordinated a candidates' night last week at a senior living center, some of the candidates whom he doesn't support grew suspicious that the forum may be a set-up to showcase his preferred candidates.

The misgivings deepened when Healy, a longtime political adversary of Glass, repeatedly sought details about the forum's format and rules.

Receiving no firm answers, Healy backed out. Then followed Kathy Miller, who is running as a team with Healy. Kearney, Herries, Davies and Renee all attended, though Kearney said he also had misgivings without knowing the rules in advance.

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