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.