SCCAOR Endorses Candidates for the City of Gilroy General Election

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) is proud to announce endorsements for the following candidates for the City of Gilroy General Election.

  • Councilmember Marie Blankley for City of Gilroy Mayor
  • Councilmember Fred Tovar for Gilroy City Council
  • Candidate Danny Mitchell for Gilroy City Council
  • Candidate Zach Hilton for Gilroy City Council 

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes these candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them our endorsement. To get involved in either candidate’s race or if you are interested in any promotional material, such as lawn signs, please contact the candidate on their campaign websites listed below.

Marie was raised in the City of Gilroy and is now a proud home and business owner in the community. During her time on the City Council she has consistently advocated to protect private property rights and increase housing supply. She is a strong advocate of ADU production. It creates valuable infill affordable housing stock for young professionals and senior citizens while protecting neighborhoods. As a CPA she brings expertise to economic recovery and growth, which is a main component of her platform. She also supports continuing to facilitate smart housing growth available for residents of all income levels and holding study sessions with the public and County to address the issue of homelessness. 

“I’m proud to be endorsed by SCCAOR and of all the work they do to support property rights.”
-Marie Blankley


Fred is running for a second term on City Council to continue to develop the future of the community and support the vision residents have for the future. He pledges to continue to focus on the revitalization of downtown Gilroy, economic growth and recovery, and improving the overall quality of life for the community. Fred’s long term plan for the future of Gilroy includes ensuring enough housing supply exists at all income levels and making homeownership more affordable and accessible.

“I am proud to receive the endorsement of SCCAOR for my re-election campaign. I am committed to ensuring that Gilroy continues to be a wonderful place to live for all people.”
-Fred Tovar

Danny has called the community of Gilroy home for over 60 years. As a proud homeowner and prominent figure in the local business community he has a great understanding of what is best for the City of Gilroy. Danny is a strong proponent of smart growth and planning to ensure connectivity between neighborhoods, parks, services, and job centers. He supports projects that provide a good mix of affordable housing helping Gilroy to meet Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) goals. Danny’s other key platform issues include economic growth with a fiscal focus, public safety, and recreation services.

“I want to thank the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® for their endorsement of my campaign. I will work with SCCAOR to support their efforts to jointly work with our city and our local community to provide professional support and assist our residents with their housing needs.”
-Danny Mitchell


As a firefighter and the Chair of the Gilroy Bicycle Commission Zach has a true passion for public service. He is proud to raise his family in the City of Gilroy and is ready to take the next step to represent the community by serving as a Councilmember. Zach’s main issues of focus are affordable housing for all, safe communities, local economic development, quality education, and active transportation. He is a major proponent of liveable, walkable, bikeable communities in Gilroy by promoting a downtown with housing, retail, dining, job centers, and a strong transportation network. Zach is a strong supporter of increasing ADU development as an important form of missing middle housing and increasing affordable ownership housing stock such as duplexes, townhomes, and condos.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement from the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. I look forward to building a partnership with SCCAOR where we can make Gilroy Livable For All, while ensuring that we protect and promote homeownership and private property rights.”
-Zach Hilton