PALM SPRINGS — As expected, Geoff Kors officially announced his intentions to seek re-election to the City Council in November representing District 3. He is the first to publicly announce a bid for City Council in the November election.

Seats in Districts 1 and 2 are also open.

District 3 includes Old Las Palmas, Movie Colony and Movie Colony East, El Mirador, Midtown, Baristo and Sunrise Park neighborhoods.

Kors officially announced his intentions on the steps of City Hall at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28.

He has been working quietly behind the scenes for weeks, if not months, amassing a treasure trove of endorsements from the likes of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Democratic Congressman Raul Ruiz, Riverside Fourth Districct Supervisor Manny Perez, President of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and Awards Gala Harold Matzner, Councilmembers Lisa Middleton and J.R. Roberts, and many more.

Mayor Pro Tem Kors, who was first elected to the City Council in 2015 on a platform including ethics and transparency, support of local businesses and tourism, diversity and inclusion and economic and environmental sustainability.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as a member of the Palm Springs City Council and represent our wonderful City,” Kors said in a prepared statement. “We have accomplished a great deal to make Palm Springs a leader when it comes to enhancing ethics and transparency, revitalizing our downtown, fully staffing our police and fire departments, preserving our historic architecture, ensuring economic stability and so much more, yet there is more work to ensure we keep Palm Springs moving forward,” Kors added.

In a full-throated endorsement, Boxer, in a prepared statement said, “It is with great enthusiasm that I endorse Palm Springs Mayor Pro Tem Geoff Kors for re-election to the City Council.  Throughout his career, Geoff has been a leader on protecting our environment and advancing equality. He has carried that to his work on the City Council, authoring numerous ordinances that are making Palm Springs a leading city on these and other issues.”

Ruiz, also in a prepared statement, said, “Geoff Kors has my full support for re-election to the Palm Springs City Council in District 3. “Geoff’s hard work on behalf of residents and businesses coupled with his commitment to equality and social justice, economic development, quality and affordable healthcare and housing, ethics and transparency, the environment and public safety has had tremendous results.”

Matzner in a prepared statement, said, “Geoff has brought his integrity, passion, and legal expertise to our City, resulting in bringing in millions of dollars in outside funding and saving City resources. He knows what it takes to move Palm Springs forward and has my full support.”

Kors serves as the City liaison to the Palm Springs Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Sustainability Commission, Desert Community Energy, and all tourism organizations including the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau where he serves as Vice Chair. Kors also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mizell Senior Center and the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club.

“Palm Springs success is the result of a strong partnership between our City Government, residents and businesses,” Kors said. “I am very proud of the work our Council has done to restore trust and move the City forward and I look forward to continuing that work over the next four years.”