The 71-year-old native of Boston is seeking re-election for much the same reason the two other incumbents have cited: unfinished business. A newcomer to the council would have to start from scratch getting acquainted not only with the city staff and other council members and commissioners, but with staff members and elected representatives of surrounding cities and agencies.
"I have been working with the city in various functions since I retired in 1996," said Glynn, citing his involvement in the Pittsburg Power Company and Dow Chemical as well as his military and educational experience.
Glynn has degrees in business, public administration, education administration and viticulture and winery technology. He studied at the Navy postgraduate school during his 30-year career in the Navy. After retiring from the service, he worked in educational software and later was assistant superintendent for business services at Franklin McKinley School District in San Jose.
When Glynn talks about transportation, he means more than the ability to get around inside the city limits. During his time on the council, he's been Pittsburg's representative on Transplan, which is the lead East County transportation planning agency, the Tri Delta Transit Authority and other boards.
Commuters crawl westward through Pittsburg on Highway 4 in the morning, many of them jumping off and taking city streets in the hope of gaining precious minutes, then repeating the process eastward at night, he said.
"It's not likely to change with the planned build out of Highway 4 east of us," Glynn pointed out.
Pittsburg alone can't solve the Highway 4 and regional transportation problems - although the city can maintain a commitment to its own transportation infrastructure and work with its neighbors and BART, he said.
Widening Highway 4 is an expensive and time-consuming task. Right now, the money isn't all there; and when and if it is made available commuters will probably endure delays for such work as realigning bridge abutments for existing freeway overpasses, he said.
Another BART station is needed in Pittsburg to help take some of the commute load off Highway 4 and city streets, he said.
Glynn said he is committed to efforts to develop a port at the waterfront to help the city economically and to create more jobs.
"I was born in Boston and grew up around the waterfront near the city harbor," he said. "I understand the situation of a city with a strong working class and a harbor. Based on that and what I have to offer, we are trying to resurrect that.
"We are one of the few cities in East Contra Costa capable of achieving a jobs-housing balance. All these thing were happening before back in the foundation of (Pittsburg). We are looking to reinstate them."