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   *Dick Monteith – Stanislaus County Supervisor (Incumbent)
    Dave Lopez – Modesto City Councilman

When confronted with very serious fiscal issues Supervisor Monteith had the strength to support deep cuts to county services including public safety services. Monteith is determined to make beneficial, long- term decisions when it comes to economic development. In this race the challenge is for Dave Lopez to make the case why he should succeed Dick Monteith as the supervisor for the urban area of Modesto.  After an extensive discussion, Lopez did not do so. It is the recommendation of the Chamber that Dick Monteith is reelected.

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

Dick Monteith: An open door policy enabling open discussions.

Dave Lopez: I plan on expanding council in the park program to the county level. I hope to include the city councils of nearby cities to join each time. If supervisor in the park is in Turlock I will invite Turlock city council members to attend.

2. Modesto needs jobs. As an elected official, how will you contribute to improving the availability of local jobs?

Dick Monteith : Promote open discussions on developing specific avenues for industrial areas. Work together with the public to discuss possible development in the area because they work and live there.

Dave Lopez: I supported the full comprehensive plan. Which is a blueprint to our future growth and jobs plan.I believe Salida down the Kiernan corridor is our next best plan for core jobs.

3. If you are elected or re-elected to office, what will be your top issue? Describe the measures you will take to address this number one priority.

Dick Monteith: Improve Stanislaus County’s quality of life.

Dave Lopez: Public safety, creating more jobs which create more revenue to fund stronger public safety.

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

Dick Monteith: Promote the betterment of Stanislaus County. Be willing to make tough decisions, listen, and think through new ideas. Do not trade our set of problems for another set of problems.

Dave Lopez: Oversee the entire county. Facilitate better partnerships with city councils.To bring a strong voice to Modesto and Ceres. We are being left behind in the jobs war. Modesto and Ceres not only needs jobs but the revenue that new business would bring. Turlock and Patterson are exploding with business. I will do my best to bring those jobs to Modesto and Ceres so those cities receive the revenue to fund public safety.

5. Is the organization for which you seek office operating with a balanced budget? If not, what are you plans to make the organization more sustainable?

Dick Monteith: The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors makes the tough decisions in order to balance the budget.  Example:  Approximately 4 years ago we reduced the county salaries by 6%.

Dave Lopez: Yes.

6. Do you have any experience running a business or any similarly organized enterprise?

Dick Monteith: I was a partner of an international harvester dealership in Turlock.  I was also a former California State Senator for the 12th district, for 8 years or 2 terms.  I was involved with the California state budget.

Dave Lopez: I am the Sales Manager for Rizo Lopez Foods. In that Job I provide budget analysis for my department. I analyze market share growth. Watch milk price increases for company and advise accordingly. I oversee petroleum cost company wide all four locations.I successfully moved Rizo Lopez foods to Boyett petroleum from a company in Georgia.

7. Will the decisions you make as an elected official be evaluated as appropriate when the decision impacts local businesses and the economy?

Dick Monteith:Yes, I have made pay rolls, signed checks, and put them in the safe because I didn’t have the cash flows. My business experience is in business ownership and working with large and small corporations.

Dave Lopez: Yes, as a city council member I work with Kristen Olsen and Brad Hawn to enact a 5% local bidder preference ordinance.

8. What is your relationship with locally elected officials in the state legislature? When did you last meet or correspond with one of our locally elected state officials?

Dick MonteithMost of our current legislators come to me before they run for office, asking for direction and advice.

Dave Lopez: I meet with Anthony Cannella regularly. I also meet with Kristen Olsen pretty regularly.

9. Do you have any potential personal or business issues that may conflict with the office you seek? If so, how do you intend to contend with these issues?

Dick Monteith:No.

Dave Lopez: No.

10. Are you a member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce and what is your opinion of the Modesto Chamber?

Dick Monteith: No.  I believe the Modesto Chamber continually works to lead Modesto toward a successful community by addressing current challenges and constantly works to foresee the future challenges and opportunities.  The Modesto Chamber has their eyes set on the now and the future.

Dave Lopez: I believe the Chamber of Commerce is our best way to network in Stanislaus County.A big part of our economic growth and sustainability for the future.


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