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COP Council Candidate

Dago Garcia

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1) Party affiliation? Democrat.

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 and work.

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 cats.

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 teacher.

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 corporations.

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? None


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