Bill Clarkson plans to seek a third term as San Ramon mayor this fall, announcing his re-election bid in an email to supporters earlier this week.
"I'm asked a lot, so I wanted to let people know my intention up front," Clarkson said in a follow-up interview Tuesday afternoon, acknowledging that his announcement came months before the formal candidacy-filing period opens for the November ballot.
Clarkson, 63, said one of his main motivations for wanting another term is to continue supporting efforts undertaken during his tenure, including work on the San Ramon City Center, new police department hires, completing the city's bicycle master plan, expanding San Ramon's open spaces and improving traffic conditions.
"As much as we have really accomplished in the past couple years, a lot of things are still in progress," added Clarkson, who is in his fifth year as mayor. "I would love to be able to finish these projects, or move them forward."
Clarkson, who has 34 years of experience working in the San Ramon Valley real estate industry, began elected public service on the San Ramon Valley school board in 1998. He served on the Board of Education until 2010.
San Ramon voters elected him to his first mayoral term in 2011.
Mayor is typically a two-year term in San Ramon, but city voters in November 2013 approved of giving Clarkson an extra year as part of a series of ballot measures that switched city elections to even years instead of odd years -- a cost-saving move that lined up San Ramon election cycles with other Contra Costa County cities and other regular elections.