Published in the September 12 – 25, 2018 issue of Morgan Hill Life
My family moved to Morgan Hill 45 years ago. I graduated from Live Oak High School, attended U.C. Santa Cruz, then began my career in public service. After 10 years I returned to Morgan Hill to lead a new downtown revitalization effort and met my wife, Suzi, also a Morgan Hill native. We lived downtown for 24 years before moving to our current home at the base of El Toro, where we live with our four children.
I have been active in our community for many years. I was the Founding Chair of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, a Founding Board Member of Leadership Morgan Hill and Charter School of Morgan Hill and served on the boards of the Morgan Hill Historical Society and Community Law Enforcement Foundation.
After Leaving the city council I remained active as board chair of Community Solutions, our region’s largest mental health services agency.
After being elected to the Morgan Hill City Council in 1998 I led efforts to build the new Community Center, Recreation Center and other key public buildings, strengthen public safety and rebuild downtown. While on the council I received my Public Policy graduate degree from the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay.
After 12 years on the council I left to focus on my family and career in the solar industry. I decided to return to politics and run for mayor at the urging of local leaders who felt my unique experience and commitment to doing what’s best for Morgan Hill was particularly important at this time of change for our community.
Morgan Hill faces significant challenges in the next few years. Now more than ever we must be actively involved with outside agencies, including State Housing Agencies, LAFCO, High-Speed Rail Authority, CalTrans, and other entities that will significantly impact our community.
My professional, political and academic background make me uniquely suited to engage with these agencies to make sure Morgan Hill’s interests are represented.
And my lifetime of service to Morgan Hill means you’ll never question my loyalties — my first priority will always be Morgan Hill.
To learn more visit my website, sellersformayor.com.
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