Thursday, March 1, 2012

Former Hayward City Manager To Run For City Council

Mar. 1, 2012 | Former Hayward City Manager Greg Jones said Thursday he will plans to run for the city council this June, although it wasn't him who made the announcement, but his wife, former council member Anna May.

Jones made the announcement Thursday afternoon on Twitter saying, "All right, I'll do it!" In an attachment to the tweet, May wrote to followers, "I'm reaching out to you before this goes public later today. NO! I'm NOT running for City Council! What I'm asking is that you support an even better (and certainly more patient!) candidate for Hayward City Council."

Jones's decision could spell problems for a slew of candidates that include three incumbents, vying for four open seats. Jones joins a short list of six potential candidates, including current members Francisco Zermeno, Olden Henson and Barbara Halliday. Councilman Bill Quirk, who currently holds the fourth open seat, is running for the assembly this year. Hayward elects its council members in an at-large election this June 5. The nomination period ends Mar. 9.

Former council candidate Ralph Farias and a newcomer Fahim Ajaz Khan have also expressed a desire to run this fall along with Planning Commissioner Al Mendall. Jones's candidacy may affect Mendall most of all in snagging the fourth seat, assuming voters re-elect the three incumbents. Mendall had already locked up many of the city's most important endorsements, including Quirk.

Jones left the city manager's office in 2010 amid concerns of a conflict of interest between his budding romance with May while she was a member of the council. Jones resigned while May choose to not run for re-election that year. They both flirted with running for the city's school board, but decided against it with rumors of a state takeover looming over the school district. They later married and joined forces in the real estate business.

His two-year stint as city manager was largely viewed as a success. Among his accomplishments was his success in procuring federal funds for the implemention of a gang injunction program in Hayward. The council's growing reluctance, though, and noticeable split over whether to move forward with gang injunctions may become a major campaign issue.


  1. The election is in March. Greg has some questions he needs to answer: Why did he leave before his contract was up? When did he and Anna start their relationship and wasn't it a conflict of interest since Anna was his boss? Why did they not disclosure this conflict to the Council? These two have never been held accountable for their actions. This campaign will give them community a chance to get some answers.

  2. if miss may was my boss, i would keep my job and let her harass me LOL gregjones had a great reputation in haywierd, who cares why he left. he probably a happy man.

  3. This will certainly liven up the Hayward City Council election.

  4. I agree, i can care less why he left and his romance with May. all i know is that Jones did great things for Hayward in his short time as city manager, and it was visible! I was very sad to see him go and have seen the change since then and not in a good way so I'm super happy and excited that he is running for City Council. we need someone who makes decisions based on what is best for Hayward and not based on political careers or lack of backbone. I own a home here and would like to see this City become more appealing so i don't have to sell and move!

  5. Mr. Jones left his job with the City of Hayward because he lied to the City Council when they asked him if he was having an affair with his boss, Anna May. They want't him to resign or be fired. It is that simple. This is his third marriage. His second marriage was with someone he worked with at the City of Concord. He cheated on wife 2 with wife 3. He has no integrity and should not be elected.