Michael Maciel, Tracy mayor pro tem, is running for mayor of Tracy in November 2014.
Maciel announced his intentions in a press release to the Tracy Press on Monday, July 22.
"I was hoping to not have to announce my candidacy nearly a full year ahead of the 2014 filing date," he said, "but I’m being asked by people on a pretty regular basis if I will run for mayor when Mayor (Brent) Ives is termed out. I thought it best to make my intentions public."
In 2008, city voters passed Measure T, which created term limits for the mayor and council members. If elected, a person can serve only two terms in each position. Council members serve four years, while the mayor serves two years.
Maciel said Thursday, July 25, that he isn’t concerned about repercussions of his early announcement.
"If people are going to get get negative, then that’s going to happen," he said. "But my intention was to answer the question that I’ve been getting a lot."
He doesn’t expect to officially begin his campaign until after Jan. 1.
"I don’t like the idea of talking local politics so far ahead of the election," he said. "I want to let people get through the holidays, and then I can begin forming my (campaign) committee and moving forward."
Sandra Edwards, city clerk for Tracy, said on Thursday that Maciel hasn’t filed a candidate intention statement with her office.
Edwards said candidates must file that paperwork before they can solicit or receive campaign contributions.
Once candidates collect at least $1,000, they must file within 10 days a statement of organization recipient committee, according to Edwards.
She said a candidate can file official nomination papers from July 14 to Aug. 8 in an election year.
No candidates had filed an intention statement as of Thursday, according to Edwards.
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