I’m running for mayor because I have the experience and background in business, accounting, and budgeting that we desperately need as we face one of the most challenging economic times in our city's history.
The costs of our needs continue to exceed our income – a situation exacerbated by COVID-19 – whether the subject is essential city services or social- and community-based services. Meeting our needs in a manner that is open and fair to all requires transparency in how much money we have to work with, and an understanding of our revenue sources and how much of that revenue will be spent, and where. As mayor, I’ll do my best to foster more open communication between City Hall and the community so that the issues we face are handled with transparency and fairness to all.
I have a passion for serving the city in which I’ve spent my entire life, raised my children, and continue to operate a small business. I was appointed to the Gilroy City Council in January 2018, was elected to the Gilroy City Council in November 2018, and served as mayor pro tempore in 2019. It would be an honor to be your mayor.
My father, Carmen Patane, was a prune grower in Gilroy. He was born at Wheeler Hospital in 1928. He married my mother in 1962, Mary Patane, an Italian immigrant. They lived in my father’s family house adjacent to his prune dehydrator facility near the northwest corner of Monterey St. and Fitzgerald. In 1967, when I was 3 years old, he carved out a portion of his 30-acre prune orchard on New Avenue to build the home that I grew up in and where my mother still lives today. I am the oldest of four children, and we all attended Rucker Elementary and Gilroy High. I'm married to Stephen Blankley, a global operations director in manufacturing for Cisco Systems. We have two children, a 24-year old son, Andrew, who works as an electrical and computer engineer for the Navy, and a 22-year old daughter, Stephanie, who works as a robotics software engineer for a San Jose company. We also have two dogs, Missy and Sydney!
I am a graduate of Gilroy High School, Class of 1981. I went on to Santa Clara University where I graduated in 1985 with a degree in Accounting, and I have a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. I’ve been a certified public accountant since 1988 and opened my own practice in Gilroy in 1996.
I believe in community service, giving back, and taking an active role in finding solutions to existing problems. Those who know me know that my drive and determination are hard to match. I will work hard to find much-needed revenue sources, without raising taxes, to pay for the city services we all deserve and to improve our quality of life.
Together with my strong sense of responsibility and integrity, I will serve as a Mayor you can be proud of. I humbly ask for your vote and your support. Please join me.
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