PIEDMONT -- Urban planner and architect Tim Rood has announced his candidacy for Piedmont City Council.

Rood ran for the council in 2012 and missed gaining a seat by 26 votes. He was defeated by incumbent Margaret Fujioka and former Commissioner Robert McBain.

In the upcoming February election, three seats are open. Councilman Garrett Keating and Mayor John Chiang are termed out. Incumbent Jeff Wieler, who has announced his candidacy, may run again because his two terms on the council were not consecutive. Commissioner Teddy Gray King also announced her candidacy. Filing for candidates opens Oct. 14.

Rood is avid about the environment, bicycles daily to work and leads the Green Transportation Group as co-chair of Piedmont Connect. He is a partner in the urban design and planning firm Community Design + Architecture, which took awards for developing the San Francisco Better Streets Plan. He holds a LEED accreditation in green neighborhood design. He also is a member of the Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee that scrutinizes the finances, practices and policies of the city.

"Tim is very knowledgeable of the city's budget and overall financial position and the fiscal issues facing the council," said Bill Hosler, chair of BAFP Committee.


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Rood, an 11-year Piedmont resident, served six years on the Piedmont Swim Club board, was a precinct captain in the 2013 school parcel tax campaign and volunteered to register voters for Piedmont's League of Women Voters.

His campaign committee includes Keating, former Mayor Al Peters, former Planning Commissioner Melanie Robertson and several others. He holds a bachelor's cum laude from Columbia University and a master's in architecture and city planning from UC Berkeley. He and his wife have two children who attend Piedmont schools.

If elected, said Rood, "I will bring my in-depth knowledge of city finances as well as my ... experience as a city planner ... to find consensus on difficult issues. Piedmont is a wonderful place to live thanks in large part to the dedication and effort of our citizens."

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For more information about Rood's campaign, go to his website at: http://www.rood4piedmont.com/