Experience. Vision. Results.


I'm running to serve you again on the Palo Alto City Council. We need capable and committed representatives who deliver results over rhetoric and are focused on our community values.

Pat Burt is our first choice… we know he is principled, well-informed, able to make tough decisions and effective” Palo Alto Daily Post (September 21, 2020)

Proven Leadership

When I returned to the Council in 2021, I aimed to restore public safety and community services cut at the start of COVID, make real progress on affordable housing and climate protection, and ensure elected officials lead on key decisions.

Real Results


  • Public safety staffing is nearly back to historic levels
  • The largest affordable housing pipeline in decades is underway
  • Our climate protection plan is a national leader
  • I’ve provided strong regional representation through leadership on the boards of Caltrain, Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority, and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission 
  • City Council has reclaimed its role in overseeing city staff and setting policies

I know how government works and how to make it work for us.

“Of all the candidates, former Mayor and Councilman Pat Burt is best equipped to pursue...policy and governance goals...Burt will be relentless in pushing for more transparency and responsiveness from city staff and better community outreach and engagement...He has never been afraid to voice concerns about city management and to push new and creative ideas.” Endorsement Palo Alto Weekly (10/2/2020)


Vision for the Future

During my years on the Council, including three terms as Mayor, I’ve stood out as a productive consensus builder, solving tough problems. My experience as a neighborhood leader and environmentalist, tech CEO, and regional leader equips me to serve our community effectively. Moving forward, I will:

  Make Government More Efficient and Effective:

  • Ensure elected officials lead on key issues and respond to community needs
  • Strengthen partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, and regional agencies
  • Reduce bureaucratic hurdles

  Improve the Quality of Life for All:

  • Build affordable housing and restore public safety staffing
  • Invest in streets, bikeways, parks, libraries, and community facilities
  • Lead negotiations to purchase Cubberley land and dedicate new parklands

  Strengthen Our Environment:

  • Maintain Palo Alto's leadership in climate protection with low-cost, 100% clean energy
  • Prioritize emergency preparedness and environmental resilience

  Build Consensus to Build Momentum.

  • Collaborate with residents, businesses, and community partners
  • Ensure your representatives work together and leverage our resources

We’ve made great strides, but more work is needed. That’s why I want to continue to represent you. 

I am committed to making Palo Alto fiscally sound, innovative, and environmentally sustainable – a community that is welcoming, just, vibrant, and inclusive. 

Please support my re-election to the City Council on November 5th, 2024.