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Know Your Candidates – Modesto 2017 Election 

Opening Statement

The next regular municipal election for the City of Modesto will be held on Nov. 7. On or before that date, registered voters will cast their ballot for, among other races, city council candidates in Districts 2, 4, and 5.

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce reminds its members it is essential to be part of the democratic process. The first part of that process is to register to vote; if you haven’t already, please visit www.stanvote.com to learn more. The second part of the democratic process is to learn everything you can about what is coming up on the ballot; that includes doing the research to determine which of the candidates align more closely to your own views and values. The third part is to get out and vote!

As part of this important process, the Chamber sent questionnaires to each of the seven candidates for Modesto city council, and invited each to attend an interview-of-sorts. Each candidate (three from District 2, two from District 4, and two from District 5) responded to the questionnaire, and their responses have been published here—in their own words—for your education. For the interviews, the candidates met collectively with their district opponents and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee. We asked each candidate to elaborate on their questionnaire answers, and it was solely based on those interviews and their written responses the Board of Directors ultimately decided which candidates to formally endorse for office.

The Board of Directors chose not to endorse a candidate in Districts 2 and 5, and elected to endorse incumbent Bill Zoslocki for District 4.

In endorsing Bill Zoslocki for District 4 city council, the Board reaffirmed its goal in standing aligned with policy makers who steadfastly support the policy statements made by the Chamber, specifically in relation to economic development and growing the local business climate.

On Mar. 7, 1995, Stanislaus County voters, by more than a two-thirds vote, approved a five-year Library Sales Tax effective from July 1, 1995 until June 30, 2000. In 1999, voters, by more than a two-thirds vote, approved a five-year extension of the tax to June 30, 2005. In 2004, more than two-thirds of the voters approved an eight-year extension of the library tax through June 30, 2013. In 2012, more than two-thirds of the voters again voted for a five-year extension, which will expire on June 30, 2018, unless Measure S is adopted.

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee believe this is an excellent track record, and shows residents of Stanislaus County truly believe the library is an asset for lifelong learning. Your Chamber fully endorses Measure S, the renewal of the special library tax.

Candidate Statements

Governing Board Member – Area 5 Modesto City School District:

 
Governing Board Member – Area 7 Modesto City School District

Governing Board Member – Area 3 Sylvan Unified School District

 
Director Division 4 – Modesto Irrigation District

 

City Council Candidate Questions and Answers

District 2:

 
District 4:

 
District 5:

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