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Councilman Hart to seek mayor's post in Dublin

Current mayor Tim Sbranti is termed out, seeking 16th District State Assembly office

Dublin City Councilman Kevin Hart announced yesterday that he is a candidate for mayor of the city in municipal elections to be held Nov. 4.

He would succeed Mayor Tim Sbranti, who is termed out this year and who is seeking election as State Assemblyman in the 16th District, that serves the Tri-Valley, including Pleasanton. Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan who currently holds that posts also is termed out this year.

Hart who is a longtime Dublin resident, law enforcement professional and experienced local politician, has held public offices in Dublin dating back to 1996, when he was first elected to the Dublin school board. He was re-elected in 2000 and served for a total of eight years.

Hart was first elected to the Dublin City Council in 2008 and again in 2012. He served as the Dublin's Vice Mayor from 2010-2012.

"I'm very proud to announce that I will be a candidate for mayor of Dublin in the November 2014 election," Hart said in his campaign launch announcement. "For the past six years, I have had the honor of representing the great citizens of Dublin and there is much more work to be done in the next few years."

"As mayor, Kart said he could work to make sure Dublin continues "to be a place where families can live safely with economic opportunities, good-paying jobs, a revitalized downtown, improved quality of life, great schools, parks, and where maintaining a high degree of public safety is expected."

"We must continue to have results-based governance with accomplishments and the Dublin City Council must have a strong vision for the future," he added. "We must be prepared to make hard choices and difficult decisions today that will affect the entire city far into the future."

As a councilman, Hart said he was part of:

Leading the city through one of the worst economic recessions on record, with no employee layoffs or significant reduction of city services.

Developed the city's Energy Action Plan, including installing LED street lights.

Development of a new annual report on the city's fiscal condition, as well as a 10-year Strategic Plan and capital improvement projects.

The development of the city's first two-year budget process to provide fiscal stabilization during turbulent economic times.

Development of new park projects, including Fallon Sports Park, Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, four neighborhood parks, and the continued the development of Emerald Glen Park, with the design phase of a new aquatic center in progress.

Enhanced and improved community outreach, with development of a new city website.

Hart said the next two years will bring many challenges to the city council such as construction of the aquatic center, the initial build-out phase of the Camp Parks property, urban growth boundary, BART to Livermore, Dublin traffic, school growth and development, and land planning.

"These are just a few of the complex issues that the city will face," Hart said.

More information about Hart can be found at his campaign Web site: www.HartforDublin.com/

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