Mike Harris to run for Petaluma mayor

Former Petaluma City Councilman Mike Harris announced Friday he is running for mayor of Petaluma in the November 2018 election.

A local businessman, Harris was first elected to the council in 2002 and served three terms before stepping down after losing a close race for mayor to David Glass in 2014.

“It was an honor serving the citizens of Petaluma for 3 terms as a council member and I am eager to serve as mayor,” Harris said in a statement. “As mayor I will make attracting business to our city a top priority and will work hand in hand with the city’s economic development team to fully implement the adopted economic strategic plan to continue to heal our city financially.”

Harris is an executive for a local financial services company. He has served as Petaluma’s representative to the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, as chairman of the Youth Commission, as chairman of the Technology Committee and as chairman of Petaluma’s Transit Committee, among other city boards.

He has also served on the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum Board of Directors and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Petaluma Educational Foundation and the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Harris is the Chairman of the Friends of the Santa Rosa Junior College Trust for the Petaluma Campus.

Harris has a BA from Sonoma State University in management.

Harris is the first candidate to announce for either city council or mayor for the election that is 15 months away. Glass has not yet indicated whether he will seek reelection.

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