Cities of Clayton, Walnut Creek Welcome New Mayors

December 5, 2013 9:00 am · 11 comments


Besides Concord & Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek & Clayton also had new Mayors appointed this week.

Kristina Lawson is the new Mayor of Walnut Creek and Hank Stratford is the new Mayor of Clayton.

David Shuey was also appointed the Vice Mayor of Clayton. Both Shuey and Stratford are Clayton Valley High School graduates, according to City Manager Gary Napper. This is Mayor Stratford’s second term as mayor.

Congratulations to the new Mayors of Clayton & Walnut Creek!

photo: courtesy of the City of Walnut Creek


1 Pleasant Hill Recall December 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Pleasant Hill should recall Flaherty, Carlson and Harris for violating the Brown Act and ramming Flaherty through as mayor.


2 Jojo Potato December 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Good thing the WC backroom deal was made far enough in advance to get the poster made up for the celebration. What a shame this whole process is!

3 Jojo Potato December 5, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Whoops, meant sham. But sham and shame it’s definitely both.

4 Claire December 5, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Congratulations to all the new mayors!

5 So What December 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

These city politicians are running the shows, we should be voting for these offices.

6 rkt88edmo December 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Being the mayor is more of an honorary position than a position of power.
Having a strong mayor, who is elected, is not necessary or desireable for most small cities. Being mayor gets passed around the table and the mayor doesn’t hold additional power over the council other than being tasked with more of the PR stuff.

The PH council has gone pretty far out of whack by not following their normal rotation and electing Jack, pretty strange stuff.

7 @6 December 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Not so. The mayor is the presiding officer and controls the agenda, decides when and if there will be public comment, etc. . That’s very powerful.

This is a BIG DEAL. DON’T think it isn’t. It’s NOT just a small tussle for a title. It’s the gavel they got and it has power.

8 Danielle December 5, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Congratulations to the new Mayors of Walnut Creek and Clayton! I think it’s nice when the Mayors are long time locals. They really know and care about the city they’re representing.

9 fulubulu December 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

If I were charged with getting a banner printed I would email files with each candidates name via pdf to the printer, the week before, and tell them I’ll call with the winner’s name immediately following the election. Then, once the election is held I call the printer, tell them which file to print and have the banner sent over. Could be done in an hour pretty easily.

10 J. December 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

The banner in this photo looks Photoshopped in to me.

11 Random Task December 5, 2013 at 6:15 PM

totally photo-shopped wow …..and yes these city councils are destroying all these cities …they wield power and can not be ousted from it ….grease their palm and get a what you want……… they only speak dem and bribe so bring cash

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