Ten months after being voted off the Napa City Council, Mary Luros is starting on a path she hopes will return her to City Hall.
The 34-year-old Luros, a Napa attorney who served nearly two years as a councilwoman before her defeat in the November 2016 election, confirmed Tuesday afternoon she will seek a place on the 2018 ballot. She will become one of three people to publicly declare a candidacy for one of the two seats in play – Peter Mott’s and Juliana Inman’s. Inman, a third-term councilwoman, said last month she will not run again.
“I’ve spent most of the summer trying to decide if this was the right decision for me and my family, and reaching out to elected officials for their support,” she said in an interview. “My husband (Jason Luros, also a Napa lawyer) and I had conversations about it, and he wanted me to run again and so did I.”
A campaign launch event is in the works but has not yet been scheduled. Candidates’ formal registrations with the city will not begin until next year.
If elected to the City Council, Luros said, her priorities will remain much the same as during her first stint there: to help find ways to keep Napa livable for residents – including families and seniors – pressured by housing costs and a rising cost of living.
“What I’m seeing are friends of mine moving out of town, moving out of state, because they can’t afford to live here anymore,” she said. “My goal is to have a workforce with access to housing, to have seniors able to live here and families maintain a decent standard of living in this community.”
Luros said she will spend the next several weeks gaining endorsements and reconnecting with supporters of her 2016 campaign before taking time off for the birth of her son in November, then returning to her campaign in January.
Luros was selected by the City Council in January 2015 to complete the term of Alfredo Pedroza, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the Napa County Board of Supervisors. She ran for a full four-year term in 2016, but came up short in a three-person race with Councilman Scott Sedgley, who earned a second term, and challenger Doris Gentry, a newcomer to elected office.
Meanwhile, Mott, whose council term ends in December 2018, declined to say whether he, too, will be part of the election.
“At the moment my focus is on streets, and housing, and the myriad of other issues that need to be dealt with,” he said in a text message. “I won’t be making any announcements until sometime next year.”
Earlier this summer, the Napa insurance broker Bernie Narvaez became the first contender to declare for the 2018 election. Liz Alessio, a community program services coordinator for St. Joseph Health, has scheduled her council campaign debut for Thursday evening at the Historic Napa Mill.