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City of GilroyCandidate for City Council

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Fred M. Tovar

Gilroy Council Member
11,808 votes (23.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Financial recovery and sustainability
  • Improve our exceptional quality of life for all/Affordable Housing
  • Public safety - Infrastructure and the delivery of necessary services.






·         Saint Mary’s College               Moraga, CA.             B.A. Psychology


·         San Jose State University        San Jose, CA.             M.A. Counseling/Education  


·         Stanford University                  Palo Alto, CA.          Continuing Studies Program




Stanford University School of Medicine

Director of Student Affairs, Assistant Director of Admissions (November 2001 – September 2018)


  • Twenty years of experience in college admissions, career services, counseling, advising, student affairs, and business development
  • Self-starter business development executive, offering proven success in achieving business goals in highly competitive markets.




  • Strong relations with federal, state, county, and other municipal government agencies




  • Presented at over 500 High School, Community College & Four-Year Colleges, Pre-Medical Conferences, Leadership Conferences, Diversity, and Legislative Conferences




  • Past member of the Stanford Physician Assistant Admission Committee, Stanford School of Medicine MMI Admissions Panel, The Stanford HCOP/SPSP Admissions Committee




Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Gilroy Police Officers Association
  • Gilroy FireFighter Local 2805
  • GilPAC, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party

Elected Officials (7)

  • Robert Rivas – Assembly member, District 30
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
  • Peter Leroe-Muñoz – Gilroy Councilmember
  • Marie Blankley –Gilroy Councilmember
  • Cat Tucker –Gilroy Councilmember
  • Carol Marques – Gilroy Councilmember
  • Dion Bracco – Gilroy Councilmember

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


I’m running for re-election because I love my city, the people and I want to continue to make Gilroy the best place to live for all residents. I’ve been a leader in preparing Gilroy for exciting things to come in the areas of economic development, revitalizing downtown, public safety, and quality of life. I’ve demonstrated that I am a proven leader who enjoys working with residents and council to meet the needs of families and businesses


My 16 years of public service gives me the proven leadership to hit the ground running so I can continue to be your voice and work on your behalf. I know how to get things done at City Hall. and  I have the proven record to keep the city growing in the right direction. 


If re-elected, I will ensure our police officers and firefighters have the resources they need to keep us safe, will invest in our children and families, and will help our local businesses thrive, bringing more good high wage jobs to our city.


I want to continue to serve my neighbors, local business owners, and work hard on their behalf. To always return their phone calls, and address their concerns quickly and effectively. When we work together we can and will move Gilroy forward, not only for our residents, but for our children too.




I’m proud of the following accomplishments while on the the council?




·       Public Safety Quality of life - Made the downtown Police Department patrol a permanent service budgeted for 2 additional officers. Fought to fund a fourth fire station (Glen Loma) in the southwest side of town. Increased Fire Department medical response with deployment of Alternative Service Model. City Council approved deployment changes for City firefighters


Downtown Revitalization/Economic Development – Supported facade program and fee reduction program. Parking - Successfully fought to getting funding for the downtown parking lot (Eigleberry Street between 6th and 7th Streets). Economic Development - Adopted ED strategic plan, expanded incentive program (Impact fee deferment program).


·       Safer Streets and Roads - Focused on local streets and roads thru-out Gilroy. Capitol maintenance and Local Street repair program - Successfully lobbied for First Street reconstruction and secured $15M for its restoration or improvement.




·     Recreation/Housing - Support of San Jose Sharks for the potential ice rinks in Gilroy. Voted in support of a BMX pump track in Christmas Hill Park. Approved new Housing projects (Meritage housing projects on North Monterey). Expanded new Parks and Trails - Sydney park, Ronan trail construction. I will support making Gilroy a Recreation/Tourism Destination




Moving forward our city government should focus on:


·       Financial recovery and sustainability


·       Healthy and vibrant Downtown - Improve our exceptional quality of life for all


·       Public safety - Infrastructure and the delivery of necessary services.


·       Constituent Service - Build consensus to build momentum.








If re-elected, I would work to address the following issues?




Recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus. We must provide resources that get our businesses back open and our employees back to work. In addition to managing our finances wisely, our recovery starts with protecting the most vulnerable affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Our future should be to continue creating better paying jobs, continue supporting our small businesses, continue improving our neighborhoods, and making housing affordable for those who require it. Every family in Gilroy deserves a good quality of life and a council member who you can trust and one that always has your back. I will work proactively with local business owners, residents, labor and community groups to promote economic growth. I will work to give more voice to local businesses and ensure businesses stay within our City.


Healthy and vibrant Downtown.  Over the last four years, we have set strong foundations in our planning efforts that will continue to guide our growth as a city in a way that is responsible and inclusive. A strong downtown can stimulate economic growth and serve as an incubator of social and community. Let’s continue to keep profits in town, supports local and family owned businesses. Our neighborhood businesses are also at the heart of our local economy, and we should do everything we can to help them succeed and make our city the unique and thriving place it is. I want our downtown to be known as a destination spot. It’s important that our downtown is vital.  I commit to strengthening the partnership between the City, Gilroy Chamber, and the Gilroy Downtown Business Association.






Public Safety/ Safe and Authentic Neighborhoods.  Everyone individual deserves to be safe in our city, no matter what. I will continue to fight to ensure public safety officers receive appropriate funding and the proper equipment to do their jobs. In addition to fighting to support an increased police presence in our neighborhoods and on our streets. I am committed to supporting our city’s capable staff of first responders, law enforcement and healthcare personnel with the resources and funding to do their jobs effectively through the pandemic with a community-oriented approach. I will further public safety and trust with local departments by working collaboratively and ensuring high levels of training and professionalism.




Constituent Service
I pride myself on being a tireless advocate for my constituents and I feel that one of my most important duties as a councilmember is to assist residents in accessing city services. I am always ready to listen if you are having trouble with a city service or have ideas about how to make Gilroy a better place to live.




I am proud to have earned the endorsements from many local and state leaders, as well as community leaders and organizations.




·       Gilroy Police Officers Association


·       Gilroy FireFighter Local 2805


·       GilPAC, Gilroy Chamber of Commerce


Santa Clara County Democratic Party




  Robert Rivas – Assembly member, District 30


·       Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman


·       Marie Blankley –Gilroy Councilmember


·       Cat Tucker –Gilroy Councilmember


·    Carol Marques – Gilroy Councilmember


DiDion Bracco – Gilroy Councilmember


·       Peter Leroe-Muñoz – Gilroy Councilmember




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