Mark Salinas during a Hayward City Council 
meeting in 2014.

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | Former Hayward Councilmember Mark Salinas may have made the biggest gamble of the 2014 election cycle when instead of running for likely re-election to his council seat he unsuccessfully ran for mayor

Salinas placed a distance second to now Mayor Barbara Halliday and then failed to win appointment to her seat a month later. Now Salinas is plotting a return.

Salinas announced his will seek one of four at-large seats next June on the Hayward City Council. He declared his intent Thursday evening in an email to supporters.

Touting successes in public safety, the environment and economic development, Salinas, first elected in 2010, said, “I am pleased to report the work we have done together has paid off.”

“As your Councilman, I never veered away from our city’s priorities,” Salinas added. “I represent our City with a great deal of seriousness, discipline, and I always vote for what is best for Hayward. I am proud of my voting record and with your support again we can continue to work together and build a city for the 21st Century.”

Part of Salinas’s voting record, however, included the council’s controversial decision to impose a five percent wage cut on some city workers in 2014. But, Salinas will not be alone on the issue among likely 2016 candidates.

Three of the four incumbents seeking re-election next year—Councilmembers Greg Jones, Al Mendall and Francisco Zermeno–also voted for the imposition that shredded relations with many unions in the East Bay.

The other incumbent expected to run in 2016 is Councilmember Elisa Marquez, who essentially took Salinas’s spot on the seven-member council after she appointed to fill out the remaining two years of Halliday’s council term. Salinas was also an applicant for the appointment in July 2014.