Ashland mayor's race grows more crowded

Five candidates are now vying for mayor of Ashland with the entrance of Peter Gross to the race this week.

Gross, who manages the acupuncture clinic Jade Mountain Medicine, said the city needs honest, smart progressive people to run for office.

He was not prepared to discuss specific issues of his campaign, but he said he would like to expand Ashland's economy beyond tourism.

"We need to create real paying jobs so that people in the town can earn a real living and support each other all year round," he said.

Gross, 37, lived in Ashland from 1996 to 2001, and left to earn a bachelor's degree in holistic perspectives on political science from San Francisco State University. He completed an internship in 2006 with the Democratic Party of San Francisco, where he got a broad overview of local politics and wrote policy papers on community policing and public housing, he said. He returned to Ashland in 2007.

The other candidates for mayor include Jennifer Carr, Steve Hauck, George Kramer and John Stromberg.

The last day to file for city elections is Aug.15.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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