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City Council Candidates – District 2

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City Council Candidates – District 2

Tony Madrigal
39 years old, Resident of Modesto for 21 years. Substitute teacher.
Jon Rodriguez
26 years old. Resident of Modesto for 26 years. Family farmer.
Juan Telles
Did not participate.

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In your own words, describe the role and responsibility of the office you seek?

Tony Madrigal: The role is to govern the City of Modesto as a member of the City Council. The responsibility is to help maintain a balanced City budget, address community priority needs such as neighborhood safety & infrastructure improvement, collaborate with appropriate local/educational/state/federal government & non-profit agencies, work with the business community to address needs in our local economy, support economic development, and create an environment that supports job-creation, job-growth by local businesses and entrepreneurs, protect & support local agriculture, partner with our local education system to help increase our local high school graduation rate to ensure we have a well-educated workforce, and to help revitalize downtown Modesto.

Jon Rodriguez: A city councilman’s job is to be a legislator for his or her city. He or she must help implement policy with other members of the council and the mayor in the form of ordinances and resolutions. The second part of a councilman’s job is to be the link between citizens and their municipality (city), and act as a link to help enable a community to assist itself and provide vital projects and services that are needed.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

The City of Modesto must currently use reserve funding to balance its budget. What are your plans to balance the budget and make ongoing city finances more sustainable?

Tony Madrigal:Support diversification of our local economy, spur economic development, and help attract local new employers like Central Valley Specialty Hospital (212 jobs) to grow Modesto’s tax base, help control City spending, and support increasing the City’s reserves.

Jon Rodriguez: To help implement policies that will promote and allow sustainability when it comes to our funds and services. Modesto should only spend what it has. We can only provide the services that we can afford to pay for.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

What will be your top priority in office? Describe the measures you will take to address this priority.

Tony Madrigal: Community Safety to support economic development. Support legislation that facilitates business entry into Modesto, increase public safety to create a safe/secure environment for businesses wanting to locate in Modesto or Stanislaus County. More specifically, I’d like to work to attract a university (UOP, UC Merced, or CSU Stanislaus) satellite campus downtown, establish a downtown host program to walk a downtown beat (wearing Modesto PD walkies), and beautify downtown Modesto to attract families/visitors.

Jon Rodriguez:My top priority will be to participate in legislation that will encourage and promote economically stimulating projects that will help create business and jobs.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

Describe ways in which you, as an elected official, would encourage a collaborative and cooperative relationship with other units of local government.

Tony Madrigal: Share information and meet regularly with local elected leaders to identify opportunities for collaboration.

Jon Rodriguez: As a serious candidate who wishes to do good for all residents of the city, I will always have an open door policy. No units of local government, service clubs or other organizations will ever be ignored. As someone with a degree in Human Behavioral and Social Sciences, the biggest concept I learned was that making communities and societies better can only and will only work through collaboration.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

What are your plans for facilitating the creation of new, living wage jobs in our area?

Tony Madrigal: As stated in Question #3: Community Safety to support economic development. Support legislation that facilitates business entry into Modesto, increase public safety to create a safe/secure environment for businesses wanting to locate in Modesto or Stanislaus County. More specifically, I’d like to work to attract a university (UOP, UC Merced, or CSU Stanislaus) satellite campus downtown, establish a downtown host program to walk a downtown beat (wearing Modesto PD walkies), and beautify downtown Modesto to attract families/visitors. In addition, encourage employers to engage in local hiring practices and provide a livable wage to workers in our area to help reduce employee turnover.

Jon Rodriguez: My plan is to sit down with the leading business organizations, as well as city and county government to discuss it. However, never forgetting to invite the citizens of all six districts to talk and proposition new ideas.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

The current Modesto City Council has proposed a $.01 cent sales tax measure which stands to generate $26 million in tax revenue. If the measure passes,how would you allocate the increased revenue?

Tony Madrigal: I will stand up to make sure the Council keeps its promise to the voters to allocate at least 50% of this new funding on public safety to help restore our police/fire services we’ve sacrificed in recent years. In addition, I think we should direct the remaining revenues on spurring economic development, business recruitment/retention, increasing City budget reserves, and recover basic City services that have been reduced or eliminated in recent years in local hiring practices and provide a livable wage to workers in our area to help reduce employee turnover.

Jon Rodriguez:“If Measure X should pass, my biggest effort will be to make sure the money is spent on absolute necessities. In a time of great need, I will not agree with more money going to pensions or salaries. It is a privilege to lead, and those of us who wish to lead must do so by example.

Juan Telles: Did not participate

 

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