I worked for the City of Seaside for 35 years. During that time, I was staff for councils that did a really great job managing resources and serving our community but I also worked for some councils that did a really poor job. During that time, I was determined to still push through and do the best I could for my city. As my retirement approached, I realized that I had a unique insight and knowledge base from my years in the infrastructure. Rather than lament on the things I was not able to accomplish as an employee, I instead chose to take the next logical step and find a new way to accomplish them. Over the last two terms, I am proud of the positive progress we have been able to make as a city and the programs we have built. However, it is obvious that we are not done and we still have a wide gamut of problems that face us. I am running because I have more to offer from experience to passion and, simply put, I am not done yet.
The top three things I would like to accomplish are:
Availability of Community Resources - I really feel we need to ensure that our citizens have access to our programs in place as well as to grow programs to better address the needs and necessities of our people. I would address this by continuing to support, innovate, and grow the programs our city can offer our citizens. Given my connection to my career in the city, I believe in an emphasis on providing opportunities and considerations for our children, youth, and young adults and their families.
Responsible, Sustainable, and Community Positive Development - As Seaside moves into the future and grows, it is very important to me that we develop our community in a positive way. I think we need to approach new infrastructure with sustainability in mind as well as the net benefit to the community with considerations for job creation, environmental protection, and opportunity development like affordable housing. While Seaside's growth is positive and will provide funding and increase our ability to offer services to our community, we must grow in a way that protects our future, our people, and has long term greatness in mind.
Protection and Growth of the Community Voice: I will continue to demand “residents first” approach to our government and civic action. It is vital to ensure follow up to citizens’ concerns by personal involvement and response. It is equally important that I am active as much as possible in our community and every single person knows that I am a resource for them. Being a City Councilperson is about serving the people and buying into servant leadership. To do my job right, my decisions must always be informed by the needs of our people and involve our community at each step.
I love this city and I have dedicated my life to Seaside. This is my life's work and a successful, flourishing Seaside is what I hope to leave as a legacy. I always tell my son the following: It is not enough to be successful on your own. True success is, once you have climbed the mountain, how many people you can get to the top with you. Vote for me because I know my work is not done and we have a lot of work to accomplish. Vote for me because you can trust that I will do everything I can to help our city and make a better future for our citizens.
Monterey County Democrats • Democratic Women of Monterey County • Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce • Progressive Democrats of America: Monterey County • Public Water Now • Unite Here! Local 483 • Plumbers and Steamfitters Union - Local 62 • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council • Monterey/Santa Cruz Building and Construction Trades Council • Seaside Firefighters Association - Local 1218 • Seaside Police Officers Association • Latinos Unidos en Seaside
Mark Stone California Assemblyman: 29th District • Luis Alejo Supervisor: District 1 • Ian Ogelsby Mayor, City of Seaside • George Riley Monterey Peninsula Water District Board Member • Alvin Edwards Monterey Peninsula Water District Board Member • Gracie Rubio Community Leader • Dr. Bettye Lusk Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Trustees • Alena Myles Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Trustees • Helen Rucker Community Activist & Former Councilperson • Jason Campbell Seaside Councilperson • Dennis Alexander Former Seaside Councilperson • Kay Cline Community Leader • Lanny Olis Community Activist
...and many more incredible individuals
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