As a proud resident of District 1, husband, successful entrepreneur, mentor, commissioner, father, grandfather and baseball coach in this great City of Vallejo I am not happy with the image of our city. Quite frankly, the decisions and direction our leadership has taken us over the past 8-10 years have generated more loss than gain:
- Loss of life.
- Loss of revenue.
- Loss of marketability.
- Loss of safety.
- Loss of community trust.
That has to change! I am running for council because the time is now, more than ever before to chart a new pathway to the future for this city that I love.
As many of you know, this is not my first bid for elective office. I ran for city council in 2016 and lost by nearly 900 votes. That was not only a humbling experience, it taught me lessons I never thought were possible, and it opened my eyes to the many issues and concerns many Vallejo residents were gracious enough to share with me. First and foremost, I learned that we have more in common than we probably know:
• We all want safe communities with law enforcement serving as a part of the community and not a force against it.
• We want economic and workforce development that will create livable wage jobs and needed revenue.
• We want transitional housing to help eradicate homelessness and displacement among our neighbors.
• And we want a solid plan to rebuild the city’s infrastructure that includes better streets and roads, safe drinking water and reliable sewer systems.
• We want better schools for our kids so that their future can be brighter than our own.
But what I heard repeatedly is that people want to elect candidates who can really hear their concerns and who will work tirelessly on their behalf to address those concerns. Moreover, people are not interested in divisive politics, and they have no interest in “hearing all the noise.”
That’s why I believe that I am the right choice on the Vallejo City Council to facilitate and lead a serious discussion on how we can work together with a collaborative mindset to help build the foundation that springboards us into the future!
After knocking on thousands of doors in my last election and talking to thousands of people at their businesses, at local shops, in grocery stores, at local churches and on the streets, I am more hopeful than ever that we can implement a mutually shared vision of a District 1 that serves all of us, regardless of who we are and where we live.
Over the next few weeks and months ahead, I will be in every neighborhood in District 1. I am not heading into this election pretending to know it all or suggesting that I have all the answers. But I am hopeful that once again, people will share with me their vision and ideas on how we build the city that we have, to get the city that we want! Thank you in advance for the opportunity to earn your vote.
Your Vote for Change,