For the first time in many years, the City of Gridley will not have an election for vacancies on the City Council.

With the terms of Jerry Fichter and Bruce Johnson up this December, Fichter has opted to run for another four year term and Johnson did not.

Pedro Mota took filing papers out this month and he and Fichter were the only potential candidates to turn their applications in by the August 11, 2010, deadline, meaning an expensive election is not necessary.

For the first time in many years, the City of Gridley will not have an election for vacancies on the City Council.
With the terms of Jerry Fichter and Bruce Johnson up this December, Fichter has opted to run for another four year term and Johnson did not.
Pedro Mota took filing papers out this month and he and Fichter were the only potential candidates to turn their applications in by the August 11, 2010, deadline, meaning an expensive election is not necessary.
This will save the City approximately $12,000 to $15,000.
Fichter has seen many accomplishments in her time serving the City of Gridley. Her favorite project was probably the Hazel Hotel, revitalizing the hotel into 11 apartments with commercial spaces, rather than demolition like the Gridley Hotel that stood across the alley to the east on Hazel Street. The Historic Downtown Arch is another project that Fichter holds dear which was accomplished with grant funds. She currently represents the City as a member of the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Abatement, Butte County Association of Governments, LAFCo and Butte County Air Quality.
Fichter was involved in the formation of the Gridley Recreation Department, the Farmers Market May through September each year and has served four years as Mayor.
Mota is not new to the Council of course. He served a four year term from 2004 to 2008.  He represented the City at the NCPA conference in Washington, DC and also at their monthly meetings in Roseville which opened many doors for then Energy Commissioner Tom Sanford during his trips to Washington DC. Sanford stated he was able to make many important connections because of Mota’s involvement in NCPA. Mota also represented the City at Youth First meetings.
The two are of course excited at the prospect to serve the City together again.
Mota is already very active in Gridley as he is a member of the Gridley Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Padres United, Youth First and is very active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
“I am very excited to be a part of the City Council again. I enjoy serving the town,” he stated.
One primary concern of Mota’s is his involvement with the Padres United, which is a group of parents who say “No Gangs in Town,” primarily by wearing purple shirts and participating in a walk yearly to show their commitment.
“You’re never sure which way the five votes will go when serving on a council but all five members will work for the people of the City,” he said.