Council Member Mary Mitracos
Mary Souza Mitracos was raised in Tracy. Her interest in local government started with the example set by her parents and their service to the Tracy community. Mary’s father served as a Tracy City Councilman. Her mother taught government at Tracy High and later became the first woman to practice law in Tracy. Both of her parents belonged to numerous civic and service organizations.
Mary attended Tracy High School, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA degree. During her student years in Santa Barbara her interest in the outdoors blossomed. She took up backpacking and made numerous trips through the Los Padres National Forest and the Sierra Nevada.
For ten years Mary lived in Sacramento running her successful bookkeeping and tax preparation business. While in Sacramento she was active in Soroptimist International of Citrus Heights, serving one year as president.
Upon returning to Tracy in the 90's, Mary was active in a school bond campaign led by her mother. In 1999 she joined Tracy Tomorrow 2000, a year-long process initiated by the Tracy City Council. She served on the Land Use, Agriculture, and Open Space Task Force. That led to her involvement in the process to develop Tracy's 2006 General Plan.
Mary’s interest in parks and open space led to her appointment in 2004 to the San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation Commission. Mary has long advocated for a regional park in the south part of the County. Through a collaborative effort San Joaquin County bought 100 acres north of Tracy for a future park.
Mary operates a successful realty and property management business in Tracy. She has been a licensed real estate broker for 11 years and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the Central Valley Association of Realtors. She is also active with two local Realtor groups that work to improve real estate professionalism.
Ten years ago Mary was appointed as a trustee to the Tracy Public Cemetery District - a special district that was formed in 1928. Mary gained valuable experience working on the Cemetery board. Like a city, a cemetery district hires a manager, deals with budgets and employee relations, works with LAFCO, and initiates capital improvement projects. She is proud of the board's work in developing a new cemetery that will serve our area for well over 100 years.
On January 6th, 2015 Mary was appointed to the Tracy City Council. She lives in one of Tracy's oldest neighborhoods with her husband, Pete. They recently celebrated a 20-year anniversary.