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Office sought: Council Member District 2, City of Garden Grove
City of residence: Garden Grove
Occupation: Business development representative
Family: Married for 30 years, three adult children.
Education: Gilbert School, St. Columban School, Rancho Alamitos High School, Fullerton College, four-year electrical apprenticeship with Orange County Electrical Training Trust, UCI University Extension, Certificate “Public Policy Making Academy” inaugural class, Certificate, Master Instructor / Trainer, the National Instructor Training Institute
Public Service: 2013 City of Garden Grove Neighborhood Improvement Commission Vice Chairman; 2014 City of Garden Grove NICC Chairman: 2014 Runner up, citywide council race: 2015 City of Garden Grove Planning Commission Chairman, 2015 Orange County Water District, Citizens Advisory Committee, 2016 City of Garden Grove Planning Commission Chairman
Why do I want to run for this office? I hope the following will help answer this question.
Garden Grove is a beautiful place to grow up, work and raise a family. I am a lifelong resident who attended local schools, (Gilbert, St. Columban, and Rancho Alamitos High School), met my wife, and was married in Garden Grove in 1986. We have raised our three children on the same street as my boyhood home.
As your neighbor I am very concerned about the recent rise in crime and the decline of our neighborhoods. I know that with the proper leadership we can overcome these issues and make sure that our neighborhoods remain safe and property values continue to climb.
I’m honored to serve as Garden Grove Planning Commission chairman and have been determined to bring new dining, shopping and entertainment to our city. I previously served as your Neighborhood Improvement chairman and vice chair.
Here are some of my priorities:
- Neighbors and neighborhoods, this is the backbone of our community. Coming out of the Great Recession, now is the time to focus on policy to protect our neighborhoods.
- Keep our fire and police locally controlled and well-funded.
- Increase funding for code enforcement personnel.
- Work with county, state and federal agencies to address homelessness and mental health Issues.
- Maintain and improve our Infrastructure.
- Support our local businesses so they can grow and prosper.
7. Recruit national companies to our city. (Restaurants/Retail/Industry)
8. Fiscal responsibility. (Eliminate any wasteful spending)
9. Responsible development to provide good paying, permanent jobs.
10. Support Main Street Garden Grove and commit resources to make it a community gathering point!
I’ll focus on the things that bring us together, and not dwell on issues that divide us. My number one priority as your councilman will be to ensure our streets and neighborhoods are clean, safe and that your voice will be heard as we move forward together into the future.
As your neighbor, I humbly request your vote. Please contact me anytime.
John firstname.lastname@example.org 714-319-2874
Some of My Endorsements:
Garden Grove Firefighters Association
Garden Grove Police Association
Garden Grove Mayor Bill Dalton, emeritus
Garden Grove Mayor Kathryn “Kay” Barr, emeritus
Garden Grove Mayor Pro-tem Steve Jones
Garden Grove Council Member Chris Phan
Garden Grove Council Member Kris Beard
Candidate, U.S. Congress & Former State Senator Lou Correa
Orange County Register, 2014
Assemblymember from the 69th District
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