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Davis Duo Announces Bids for Council

Current City Councilwoman Gleam Davis will run along with Santa Monica-Malibu PTA leader Shari Davis in the November election.

There will be two Davis names on the November ballot.

Gleam Davis—a three-year City Councilwoman—will run for re-election in November, her campaign announced Friday.

She held a joint kick-off event Thursday night with Shari Davis, past president of the PTA Council for the , who is also running in November's election for Santa Monica City Council.  

An attorney for AT&T, Gleam Davis was appointed to the dais in 2009 when the council selected her to fill the seat left vacant with the death of Herb Katz. She was then elected in 2010 to a two-year term.

"In my next term, I will continue to fight to keep our Police Department and Fire Department the best in the county,”  Davis said in a press release. "I want work to ensure that Santa Monica’s mix of housing, including affordable housing, meets the needs of all residents."

Prior to her City Council appointment, Gleam was a member of the Santa Monica Planning Commission and was co-chair of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights

Early endorsements for her second bid for the council include Assemblywoman Julia Brownley; former Santa Monica Mayors Denny Zane and Nat Trives; city commissioner Barry Seid; and Santa Monica firefighter Dominick Bei.

For six years, Shari Davis co-chaired the Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) with Santa Monica College Board of Trustee member . She also co-chaired the campaign for Measures Y and YY, an additional half-cent sales tax approved by voters in November 2010, with 50 percent earmarked for public education.

Both women are graduates of USC and Harvard.

Four of seven seats—ones currently filled by Mayor Richard Bloom, Davis, Terry O'Day and Bobby Shriver—are up for grabs this November.

The filing period for Santa Monica residents to declare their City Council candidacy opens July 16 and closes Aug. 10. Frank Gruber, a longtime Santa Monica Lookout columnist and former Planning Commissioner, . Jerry "Peace Activist" Rubin has also announced his candidacy.

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