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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of PiedmontCandidate for City Council

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Teddy Gray King

City Council Member
4,379 votes (31.38%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Among my top priorities is improving pedestrian and bike safety in our town. As a member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, I have secured funds to improve safety measures along Oakland Avenue and throughout our town.
  • I will continue to vigorously support our outstanding first responders -- the police and fire departments. Piedmont has one of the fastest response times in the Bay Area. We must continue to invest in public safety and cooperate with our neighbors.
  • Safeguarding our financial wellbeing is a top concern of most Piedmonters. In order to maintain our outstanding quality of life here, we will keep our expenses low, our government lean while maintaining streets, parks, and recreational opportunities.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent, Piedmont City Council.
Co-founder, Synergy Public Affairs (2018–current)
Member, City Council, City of Piedmont — Elected position (2014–current)

Education

University of California, Berkeley Bachelors of Arts, American History (1992)

Community Activities

Parishioner, Corpus Christi Catholic Church (2004–current)
Member, Piedmont Recreation Commission (2009–2014)
President, Piedmont Neighbors and Newcomers Club (2013–2013)
Chair, Piedmont Environmental Task Force (2008–2009)
Chair, Piedmont Park Commission (2005–2008)

Biography

Thank you for electeing me to serve as a Piedmont City Council Member, and now as Vice Mayor.  It is an honor of a lifetime.  I am pleased to have provided leadership on a number of initiatives such as renovation of Hampton Field, multiyear budgeting that ensures financial solvency while maintaining civic facilities, adoption of state-of-the-art environmental infrastructure that protects the San Francisco Bay, and improved programs and services in the Piedmont Recreation department.  Since my election over four years ago, the Piedmont City Council has accomplished a lot, and we have much more to do.  I have worked hard to make sure that Piedmont has an open and responsive government because I know that it is only by listening to the concerns of Piedmont residents that we can maintain the quality of life that we value.  In addition to serving as Piedmont's Vice Mayor, I am a mother to three children -- two at Beach Elementary School and one at Piedmont Middle School. I am a small business owner, an active volunteer in youth sports and Cub Scouts, a fifth generation Californian, a graduate of the Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. My parents instilled in me the value of hard work and looking out for our community - both local and global. I appreciate the support of the people of this beautiful town and I look forward to continuing my service.  

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (12)

  • School Board Member Amal Smith
  • School Board Member Cory Smegal
  • School Board Member Sarah Pearson
  • School Board Member Doug Ireland
  • School Board Member Andrea Swenson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • California State Treasurer John Chiang
  • Councilmember Betsy Andersen
  • Councilmember Jen Cavenaugh
  • Councilmember Tim Rood
  • Mayor Bob McBain

Individuals (3)

  • Former Mayor John Chiang
  • Former Mayor Dean Barbieri
  • Former Mayor Valerie Matzger

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Piedmont (4)

What plans do you have to support the many different populations of Piedmont with city programs and city facilities? And, how do you plan to promote and actively support inclusive practices within city government?
Answer from Teddy Gray King:

Promoting diversity and inclusion in city hall has been one of my priorities since my election over four years ago.  Despite controversy from a fellow councilmember, I held firm to my position that our city manager include gender, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity goals as part of the HR practices in the city of Piedmont. Since this policy was inserted in the city manager's annual review, I am pleased that the diversity of our city staff has expanded substantially so that Piedmont now better reflects the diversity of our region.  Many key positions within city government reflect this priority. 

In addition, I have worked hard to promote women and people of color on many of our boards and commissions.  I strongly believe that promoting greater diversity on our commissions will create a pipeline for talent that may one day run for elected office. 

Recent efforts, including the "Let's Talk" dialogues and the expansion of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrationsare indications that most Piedmonters feel passionately that we must expand our efforts toward inclusion and celebration of this regions diversity.  As the woman with the most seniority in elected city government, I willl continue to press for greater progress in these areas.  

How will you be responsive to citizens and to support and improve citizen involvement in city government?
Answer from Teddy Gray King:

Individually, I work hard at returning emails, phone calls, text messages, Facebook messages, and questions from former Piedmonters whom I see on the street.  One thing about Piedmonters, this is a smart, educated populations that expects responsiveness.  

In addition, I have worked tirelessly with previous city councils and with our staff to moderize Piedmont's online presence.  I am thrilled that a modern, more interactive website will be coming online (but not soon enough!)  This will truly improve interaction between our citizens and elected representatives. 

 

How can and will you mediate between different interest groups in Piedmont, including evaluating how representative the concerns of vocal minorities might be?
Answer from Teddy Gray King:

The best way to determine the future is to look to the past.  

I have been active in and politics and elected government for almost all of my career -- starting in 1991 during my internship for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.  I have a solid sense of how to mediate among interest groups and be responsive to consitutent concern.  It takes listening, common sense and good judgement. 

 

How should the city decide whether and how to plan and pay for a new swimming pool or pools? How important is this to you?
Answer from Teddy Gray King:

It is very important that the city of Piedmont determine whether a new aquatics facility is right for this town.  Personally, I strongly believe that we should have an aquatics facility that works for everyone -- young, old, competitive and recreational swimmers.  Our current pool does not adequately meet the needs of our residents, and the cost of maintaing a 50 year old pool is tremendous. 

I support increased polling, a comprehensive public affairs strategy and some tough discussions as to what the options are for a new aquatics facility.  It will not be easy and it will not be cheap.  But, the time is now to start this process, otherwise we will pad lock our pool with no alternative for the many families who rely on it.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy as it pertains to local government is straightforward: work hard, be responsive, be transparent.  I strive to be diligent in all of these areas, so that each and every Piedmonter experinces the highest level of service, is listened to in the policy making process, and is confident that city council will maintain this quality of life in the future.  

I encourage diversity on our boards, commissions and staff appointments, while expecting excellence. 

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