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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of GilroyCandidate for City Council

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Tom Fischer

Retired Plumber
5,376 votes (13.72%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase funding for street maintenance and repair.
  • Increase transparancy by issuing agendas and packets at least ten days in advance of meetings.
  • Transition from "at large" to district elections.



Profession:Retired Plumber
Planning Commissioner, City of Gilroy, CA — Appointed position (2011–current)
Plumber/Estimator/Project Manager, Ray L Hellwig Plumbing and Heating Inc. Santa Clara, CA (1975–2008)


Joint Apprenticeship Training Center, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393, San Jose, CA Journeyman, Plumber (1976)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • • Christine Flaut
  • Legue of Conservation Voters, The Sierra Club, Evolve California

Organizations (1)

  • South County Democratic Club

Individuals (3)

  • David Peoples
  • Sam and Judy Bozzo
  • • Tim Filice

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

A New Independent Voice


I represent a New Independent Voice for the City of Gilroy


As a longtime resident with experience in public service, I am running for Gilroy City Council to represent a new, independent voice for Gilroy.


I have lived in Gilroy for 40 years, and my wife and I raised our two sons here. Before retirement, I worked as a plumber and later as project manager and estimator (for the same company) for 33 years. In 2011, a land use issue near our home led me to a position on the Planning Commission, where I am currently serving. I am also a member of the Development Standards Task Force, the Gilroy General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC), and the High Speed Rail Downtown Station Area Plan Committee.  


I am neutral on Measure H, the Urban Growth Boundary. I believe this to be an important issue for the future and will respect the will of the people.


I support more funding for road maintenance and repair.


I also support a transition from at large, to district elections. 


Revitalization of Downtown continues to be an issue. Although progress is being made, with High Speed Rail coming, it is vital that we develop a plan that is least disruptive to the citizens and businesses in the area. This should be done in conjunction with an update of the Downtown Specific Plan. Once completed, funding must be identified for implementing the public provisions such as updates to the Center for the Arts and a Community Park. 


I am fiscally conservative and would like the city to maintain a balanced budget with adequate reserves. If additional funds were to become available, my priorities would be to provide more funding for street maintenance and repair, complete seismic upgrades to two fire houses and the downtown Center for the Arts, fund a community park downtown, complete the sports park, and provide additional funding for services to the homeless.  


I am an independent thinker and have made no promises to any group. I support open government and transparency. I am also a strong believer in pragmatic, collaborative problem solving. I will encourage and welcome input from all parties, respect the opinions of others, listen to public input, and make my decisions based upon the information available to me. I will vote for what I believe is in the best interest of the citizens of Gilroy.  


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