Six candidates vie for three seats on the Mountain View City Council

Ellen Kamei is a six-year planning commissioner and district director for state Assemblyman Marc Berman. She said wants to serve on council to encourage housing and work on transportation programs that would get people out of their cars. Kamei received early endorsements from the police and fire unions, who both promised her endorsements after she lost her last City Council campaign.

Kamei said she wants to increase variety of the city’s housing stock by building micro-units and creating a subsidized down payment program for middle-income residents wishing to buy homes for the first time.

Housing crisis hangs over council race

Echoing a theme of her campaign, Kamei touted building more housing priced for the "missing middle," those earning too much to qualify for affordable housing but not enough to buy a home. A recent Bay Area housing assessment reported that Mountain View had built zero homes fitting this income category, she said.

Who is running for City Council? A city by city breakdown

Mountain View

In Mountain View, incumbents Lenny Siegel and Pat Showalter are running for re-election while Ken Rosenberg is not. So far, planning commissioners Lucas Ramirez and Ellen Kamei have said they are running. Former Mayor John Inks and slow-growth advocate Alison Hicks are also running.