EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a release sent by Noralea Gipner. Also entering the race this week is attorney Courtney Masella-O’Brien. Look for updates on the candidates in future editions of the Tribune.
Noralea Gipner filed her papers to run for Martinez City Council, and said she is running to involve the community in the decision-making process over the next few years.
“Martinez is changing, and as a community we need to make many different decisions about our future,” Gipner said. “The community needs to be involved, and my focus is on bringing together the City Council and the public. We need to make sure everyone has a chance to be involved in planning for Martinez’s future.”
A third generation Martinez resident, Gipner graduated from Alhambra High School (Class of ‘72), and has started three different successful small businesses in the city: Yankee Clipper, Noralea’s Studio, and Main Street Sweets. She has served on numerous commissions and task forces, and advocated for many different groups throughout the community.
Gipner’s campaign has significant support from many leaders throughout the community, including City Councilmember Lara DeLaney, Commissioner Dylan Radke, Contra Costa Community College Board Trustee Tim Farley, Former City Councilmembers Harriett Burt, Ken Dothee, Albert Turnbaugh, and Jim Thelen, and president of Martinez Youth Baseball and Softball Phil Raines.
“Noralea Gipner has always been a very effective advocate for the community, because she stands up for what’s best for Martinez,” said Councilmember DeLaney. “She reaches out to the community and would be a great new voice on our council.”
Former Councilmember Burt agreed. “I met Noralea when she was my history student in Junior High School, and I knew even back then that she really cares about connecting people. It’s been such a pleasure to see her progress as a community advocate, business owner, and mother, and she is the community representative we need on the Martinez City Council right now.”
Cassie Campbell, the executive director of the Martinez Early Childhood Center, also is supporting Noralea. “Noralea cares so much about people and Martinez that she never stops working and pushing for our community. She has spent a lifetime serving Martinez, and her transparency and communication skills are exactly what our City Council needs right now.”
Gipner has a strong record of service and recognition in the community, including: Chamber of Commerce 2008 Woman of the Year; Martinez Exchange Club (their first female member); City of Martinez Parking Commission; Martinez Early Childhood Center, Board of Directors; Saint Catherine’s School, School Auction Chair; Martinez Junior High School, Volunteer Coordinator/Principal Selection Committee; Alhambra High School, Curriculum Oversight Committee; Shell Run for Education, Volunteer; Contra Costa Foster Children Program, Volunteer; Martinez Celebrate Cycling and Amgen Tour of California, Volunteer Coordinator.
Gipner will be posting more information about her campaign and vision for Martinez’s future to her Facebook page, @NoraleaG4CityCouncil, including her thoughts on fixing our roads, bringing more business to the downtown, and finding opportunities for the marina.