Five candidates are now vying for mayor of Ashland with the entrance of Peter Gross 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.




Parks Commissioner JoAnne Eggers also recently filed for re-election for position one on the Parks and Recreation Commission, joining Jim Lewis, who filed for position two.




Three city council positions are also available in the November election. Registered candidates include Carol Voisin for position one, Cate Hartzell and Greg Lemhouse for position three and Russ Silbiger and Pam Vavra for position five.




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




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