Mony Nop, realtor and former Livermore police officer, recently announced his candidacy for mayor this fall, marking his second run for the at-large position.
"I am running for Mayor because I care about the people and the future of Livermore. I would like to lead our city in a vibrant path forward, while making sure we are safe while everyone feels represented, heard from and included," Nop said.
Nop previously ran for mayor in 2020 but fell short of receiving enough votes to beat current Mayor Bob Woerner.
This time around, Nop is poised to run against former Livermore mayor John Marchand who -- in accordance with the city's Municipal Code -- is eligible to run for mayor again despite previously reaching the term limit as he's been out of office for two years. Marchand announced his 2022 candidacy in March. The race is wide open this year as Woerner is not seeking re-election due to health reasons.
Nop and Marchand have previously worked together as Nop served as campaign manager for Marchand's successful 2018 re-election run.
No other candidates have come forward publicly to date in the mayor's race.
In his campaign statement, Nop outlined his "Five-Point Vision" with his top priorities for the role. While he also shared this vision during his 2020 campaign, one of the points has changed from "build downtown now" to exploring "alternatives for Eden Housing."
Though the city's downtown revitalization plan is well underway with several milestones achieved -- including the recent completion and opening of Livermorium Plaza and the city's approval of revised site plans for the boutique-style wine country hotel -- the 130-unit Eden Housing affordable housing development still remains at the center of a community debate.
Opponents of the project, which includes citizen group Save Livermore Downtown, are advocating for an alternative location for the housing development and a community park to be placed on the project site located at the southeast corner of Railroad Avenue and L Street. The project is currently in litigation and a resident-submitted referendum was recently filed on it.
"This election is about leadership and two clearly different visions for our downtown and our city. Maintaining the character of our city center and historic downtown and providing much needed open space for all to enjoy is important to Livermore residents," Nop said in his campaign statement.
"We need to identify alternative locations that increase the number of affordable units, increase parking and decrease traffic congestion. As your Mayor, I will do everything possible to work with Eden Housing to find a compromise solution for all of us," he added.
The other four points of Nop's vision include increasing public safety, addressing homelessness, increasing access to affordable housing, and bringing high-paying jobs to Livermore.
Nop worked for 17 years with the Livermore Police Department before shifting to a career in real estate. In recent years, he's organized an annual Thanksgiving food drive known as the "Mony Nop Turkey Drop." He also published a children's book in 2017, "Officer M.N.O.P. and Me," which aims to quell misconceptions about police officers. He has also co-founded two organizations, the East Bay Entrepreneurs Circle and the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance. He currently serves as the national public policy committee chair for the Asian Real Estate Association of America.
Nop is a longtime Livermore resident who is a native of Cambodia. He was born into a labor camp under the Khmer Rouge and escaped with his family as a refugee to Thailand and then to the Philippines. They moved to the U.S. when he was 10, eventually settling in Stockton.
He attended San Joaquin Delta Community College and later earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College while working as a full-time police officer and raising two sons as a single father.
For more information about Nop and his campaign, visit www.monyformayor.com.