Third candidate qualifies for Claremont city council election

Claremont voters will have an election this March after a third candidate qualified this week. Anthony Grynchal has officially entered the race.

Mr. Grynchal, who also goes by “Mr. Claremont,” a moniker he had formally trademarked in 2014, is a real estate associate with Re/Max Champions in Upland.

“Claremont is my hometown,” Mr. Grynchal said. “My fiancée and I just bought our dream home here. I love Claremont but, more importantly, I love the people.”

Mr. Grynchal attended Western Christian in Claremont for kindergarten through eighth grade, moving on to Damien High School from which he graduated in 2008. After high school, Mr. Grynchal earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona.

For the last seven years, he has sold real estate professionally both in Claremont and surrounding cities. In his spare time, Mr. Grynchal has volunteered for the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP).

“I sell homes but I spend my time and money helping the homeless get moving forward in their lives,” he said. “It’s an honor to serve with my brothers and sisters at Pilgrim Place and give back in that way.”

At 26 years old, Mr. Grynchal believes the city of Claremont can benefit from a new perspective.

“I believe we can do better. I believe our city can have more financial transparency and I’ve got a strategy to get our water bills down,” he said.

In addition to his work with CHAP, Mr. Grynchal is cofounder and board director of World Hunger Solutions, an international nonprofit he launched as a senior project while attending Cal Poly.

The organization, according to Mr. Grynchal, gained considerable attention in India and now works to mass produce a tree he calls “a human super food.”

“I grow the tree here at my home. It’s a very powerful source of nutrition,” he said.

Volunteer work aside, Mr. Grynchal said his motivation for running for city council is simple.

“Long story short, I work hard, I state the facts and I always apply common sense. That’s how I run my real estate business and I can apply those same principles to the city and be of benefit.”

Potential candidates need a minimum of 20 supporter signatures from Claremont residents who are also registered to vote. City Clerk Shelly Desautels recommends that candidates collect up to, but no more than, 30 in case signatures need to eliminated due to voter registration status or overlapping.

For this election, residents may only sign the nomination papers of two candidates; any more than that will be disqualified.

Individuals interested in running for city council must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen of the United States and resident of the state of California, and be a registered voter and resident within the Claremont city limits.

Potential candidates should visit the city clerk at 207 Harvard Ave., Claremont to file.

For more information, contact Ms. Desautels at (909) 399-5460.  The deadline to file is Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

—Kathryn Dunn

editor@claremont-courier.com

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