A former San Bernardino human resources director is the first candidate to officially declare her bid for the mayor’s seat in 2022.
Helen Tran, who currently serves on the city’s parks commission, said in a news release Thursday, Jan. 21, she has been endorsed by more than 90 San Bernardino community members, including former Mayor R. Carey Davis, former City Council members Virginia Marquez and Jim Mulvihill and San Bernardino City Unified school board member Margaret Hill.
“Our city is in crisis,” Tran said in the release. “COVID-19 has brought hardships to families and businesses that we have not seen since the depths of the Great Recession. I am running for Mayor to bring new energy and experience to help our city navigate these challenges.”
Tran, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and a mother of three, is the first to officially enter the mayor’s race. Though Mayor John Valdivia and Councilman Fred Shorett have campaign finance records for mayoral runs in 2022, neither has announced their candidacy.
Presently the human resources director in West Covina, Tran worked for San Bernardino for 14 years before departing in 2019.
“I grew up in San Bernardino … and I love our city and its residents,” she said. “We deserve a Mayor who we can be proud of again. A Mayor who will work tirelessly to protect public health, rebuild our economy, and restore confidence in city government.
“I am committed to achieving these goals by providing the necessary leadership and through working together with our community members,” she continued.
Elected in 2018, Valdivia’s term expires late next year.
A primary election for mayor and City Council seats in the 1st, 2nd and 4th wards is scheduled for June 7, 2022.
The general election will be held Nov. 8, 2022.
“I’m looking forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the months ahead,” Tran, a Cajon High School alumna, said. “I’m ready to listen, bring people together, work hard, and run a winning campaign.”