Former Livermore Police Department officer Mony Nop, now a recognizable Realtor in the Tri-Valley, announced on Thursday that he will compete for the Livermore mayor's seat in the Nov. 3 election.
Seeking his first elected office "to be a true leader in Livermore," Nop outlined a "five-point vision" that will drive his campaign -- protect public safety, build downtown now, mitigate homelessness, increase access to affordable housing and bring high-paying jobs to Livermore.
"I am so looking forward to the opportunity of serving others. Being a mayor is about leadership, understanding people's plight, uniting people and guiding them through the pain and struggles they are experiencing now," Nop said in his campaign launch statement.
Nop becomes the second candidate to declare their intent to run for mayor, joining Livermore Vice Mayor Bob Woerner who is in the middle of his second full term on the City Council. The mayor's seat is opening up entirely this fall since incumbent Mayor John Marchand is terming out.
Nop worked for 17 years with Livermore PD before shifting to a career in real estate. In recent years, he's organized an annual Thanksgiving food drive known as the "Mony Nop Turkey Drop." He also published a children's book in 2017, "Officer M.N.O.P. and Me," aimed at dispelling misconceptions about police officers and educating youth.
He is serving as the public policy chair for the Asian Real Estate Association of America this year.
In addition to focusing on his "five-point vision for Livermore," Nop said on his campaign website that he will prioritize "fiscal responsibility and maintaining a balanced budget."
"While the city has many competing obligations, it is necessary that we address the continuing need for maintenance and upkeep of city-owned-and-operated facilities and infrastructure. Let’s make Livermore a Tri-Valley destination and one of the best cities to live and raise a family in California," he added.
A Cambodia native born into a labor camp under the Khmer Rouge, Nop escaped with his family as a child as a refugee to Thailand and then to the Philippines. They moved to the U.S. when he was 10, eventually settling in Stockton.
He attended San Joaquin Delta Community College as a younger man and later earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College while working as a full-time police officer and raising two sons as a single father.
To learn more about Nop and his campaign, visit www.monyformayor.com.