On Friday, Pittsburg Mayor Jelani Killings announced he would be seeking re-election this fall and released a statement confirming he was running.
Killings earned one of the two available seats on the Pittsburg City Council in 2016 by receiving 26.56% of the vote (7,274 votes). Juan Antonio Banales was the top vote getter with 27.43% (7,512 votes).
Here is his statement:
“After careful consideration and much discussion with family, friends, and supporters, I have decided to run for re-election to the Pittsburg City Council,” Killings said. “I have been humbled and encouraged by the number of people urging me to run again for another four years. I am very proud of my record but I know there is still more work to do. I am excited to build on our progress with energy, vision, and determination.”
Although we continue to take steps in the right direction, we must remain focused to address current and future challenges. There is still a great need for local jobs to correct our jobs-housing imbalance, infrastructure investments to reduce traffic and manage continued growth, and fiscal accountability to address unfunded liabilities due to rising pension costs. The next four years will be critical to sustain the progress made and adopt the necessary long-term policies to secure a prosperous future for the City.
“Today I am announcing my re-election campaign for Pittsburg City Council,” Killings said “which will build on the successes the city has experienced during my tenure in the areas of – economic development, commitment to public safety, transparent government and fiscal responsibility.”
Killings points to a few key accomplishments of which he is particularly proud:
- Approved the Freeway Security Network Project to reduce gun violence on segments of Highway 4 and Interstate 80 in Contra Costa County as a partnership with CalTrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, with Pittsburg as the lead agency
- Increased funding for critical pavement management by $500,000 annually to improve the conditions of city streets
- Created a 115 Trust to address unfunded liabilities due to growing pension costs
- Partnered with Los Medanos Community College to launch the Pittsburg Educational Attainment Program to help Pittsburg residents further their education and provide additional opportunities for workforce development
- Approved business incentive program to encourage business investment and to promote and develop desired industries within the business community in Pittsburg
- Initiated development of comprehensive strategic plans to focus City’s efforts in addressing community needs that include Community Outreach Plan, Economic Development Strategic Action Plan, Youth Services Master Plan, and a Citywide Landscaping Master Plan
“I have decided to run for re-election to continue building on the progress made and to keep Pittsburg moving forward. Now, more than ever, cities need steady and principled leadership to act decisively and navigate the complexities of local governance including budget impacts due to COVID-19, state mandates that work against City goals and priorities, and special interests that puts politics over sound decision-making.”
Over the coming months I will continue to reach out to residents of Pittsburg to listen to their concerns and priorities for city government.