Novato, California: Pat Eklund was the first candidate to file nomination papers on July 17, 2017 for re-election to the Novato City Council.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve the Novato community these past four years,” said Eklund. “These are important times and we need to ensure our decisions protect our small-town character while enhancing our quality of life. I would be honored to continue to serve our community.”

Pat Eklund is a strong supporter of protecting public safety as the city’s most important priority. She led the fight to keep and improve Novato’s 911 dispatch – so when you call 911 you get a dispatcher who is an employee of the Novato Police Department and a dispatcher who knows Novato and our officers. Pat initiated having canine officers in the City of Novato. “I observed how the Petaluma Police Department used their canine officer to inspect a suspect’s vehicle” said Eklund. “That canine officer was a valuable asset for the entire law enforcement team.” She supported establishing a “Novato Response Team” that has focused police efforts on crime prevention, intervention and targeted enforcement.

Eklund has been a strong advocate for preserving our hillsides and ridgelines and acquiring open space, while providing opportunity for economic growth. “To create a community where we can live, work and play,” said Eklund, “we need to build on the growing industries such as biotech, video games and other high tech industries that have made Novato their home, so we do not have to commute outside of our town for those high-paying jobs”.

Pat led the effort to convert our streetlights to LED fixtures with lower wattage to retain our community ambience while saving the city thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance costs. She led the effort to establish and renew our Urban Growth Boundary and initiated Novato’s first Climate Change Action Plan. Pat initiated the curbside collection of corrugated cardboard and has worked to increase the recycling programs and services to include batteries, fluorescent tubes, oil, batteries, and household hazardous, electronic and medical wastes.

“We’re making progress on a variety of issues. I know we’re not done yet – and, with your help, I’ll continue to work side-by-side with you to make Novato even better” said Eklund.

About Pat Eklund

As Council Member and former Mayor, neighborhood leader, former Planning Commissioner, Pat Eklund has earned a reputation as a leader who stands up for what she believes in – even if it means taking on politics-as-usual. She’s fought to improve public safety and has been a strong advocate for the environment. Eklund has advocated for higher paying jobs in Novato with more shopping choices and entertainment venues that enhances our small-town character and charm.

Pat Eklund