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1) Party affiliation?
2) Why I am running for city council?
I want to influence the manner in which our city
conducts its affairs. I believe that our city must
engage, recruit and support job development and
economic growth. I want to work to provide our
youth and senior citizens recreational and social
activities that will enhance their lives in
Porterville. I am running for city council because
I work well with people towards a common agenda. I
want to promote our city as a great place to live
2) Family Information:
I am married to Cassandra Garcia. We have two
daughters (Madeline age five and Sydney age two).
Cassandra is in her last semester at the University
of Southern California, where she is studying to be
a Certified Nurse-Midwife. We have two dogs and two
I hold a Bachelorís degree in Sociology and a
Masterís degree in Education from the University of
California at Santa Cruz. I have a teaching and
administrative credential and currently work for
Burton Middle School as a Special Education
4) Who would I support on the council?
I would support council members who recognize their
personal agendas yet are willing to compromise to
reach consensus. I also support council members
who respect and understand local political protocol
and provide positive leadership to make positive
change. As a council member I will work with any
council member towards making our city a better
place to live.
5) Church affiliation/beliefs?
I am Catholic.
6) The constitution?
Written to allow interpretation and enforcement,
constitutions are guides to let us decide where we
want our city, country and state to go. The
constitutions were written to contribute, enrich
and protect our lives and the lives of others. I
will take the advice of legal experts, follow the
path set by other cities and make sure that our
city takes full advantages of the freedoms and
monies that are given to us.
7) City manager?
Doing a great job despite the current leadership
on the council. The job is to manage the daily
affairs of the city. If we want to change the job
description we must also look at the role the
mayor plays and how it can be change also.
8) Federal intrusion?
It is politics at the highest level. Being a part
of our great nation, we must deal with the
good and the bad. I think that we must actively
search for and access the good that comes out of
Washington D.C. We complain loud and clear when
we are intruded upon, but do very little to access
the offerings of the government and private
9) Business growth?
WE NEED MORE!!! Unfortunately, our city has not
flourished in the last ten years despite the
tremendous economic growth seen across the nation.
The few business that came to town did so under
some generous incentives by our city. If economic
incentives are necessary to attract jobs so be it.
However, we need to be proactive in our
recruitment strategies to bring new business to
town. Our growth depends on our economy and our
people. Our city must encourage local residents to
shop here and embark on promotional campaigns to
bring outside shoppers to Porterville.
On the political front, our leaders must stand
together and unanimously welcome business to our
town. The processes to issue loans, accept
grants, approve permits and issue licenses must be
streamlined to encourage business to make
Porterville a home.
10)What questions would you ask another candidate?
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