Foley Wins Honorary Mayor Bid

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Retaining her role as Honorary Mayor, Kelli Foley (center) was congratulated by rivals Jamila Buada (left) and Kristen Garl.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Ballots are counted. After months of feverish fundraising, realtor Kelli Foley was recently declared Carmichael Honorary Mayor for 2019. Her new term begins in January.

Real estate broker and owner of the Trillium agency in Carmichael, Foley ran against Arthur Murray studio owner Jamila Buada and Sacramento Express Employment Professionals manager Kristen Garl. Together, the three campaigns realized almost $13,000. Part of proceeds will support non-profits.

Though the coveted mayoral sash carries neither salary nor political power, a year of ribbon-cutting and baby-kissing is guaranteed. Home town promotion is part of the gig and happily, winner Foley was Carmichael-raised and educated. “This town means more to me than a place to hang my hat,” she explains. “I’m passionate about everything Carmichael has to offer – its people, its parks; its unique sense of place.”

The incumbent declared her second victory no less thrilling than the first. “I’ve learned from two campaigns not to take anything for granted,” she said. “Until they announced my name at the Chamber luncheon, I didn’t know I’d won. After months of hard work, it was a huge relief.

“I decided to keep my non-profit local this year.  I loved being able to help the Chamber and the Carmichael Park Foundation at the same time. The Foundation has a great mission in promoting park programs and beautification.”

Jamila Buada will donate part of her campaign funds to the Alzheimer’s Association. Kristen Garl’s chosen non-profit is Playmakers, an organization that supports disadvantaged San Juan School District students. Foley’s campaign cash was gleaned from a series of raffles and fundraisers and her ongoing drive to recruit new Chamber members and sponsors. “As 2019 mayor, I’ll wear my sash at all kinds of community events,” Mayor Foley predicted. “I’m looking forward to another busy and exciting year.”

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