In these unprecedented times, I think it is critical to have someone on the City Council with the sense of place, and the diversity, that I bring. I would like to contribute my voice to the discussion as someone who has lived in this community my entire life from the perspective of a Latino resident.
Becoming a City Council member is the next logical progression in my life of giving back, and service, directed at helping to improve my community. Born and raised in Sebastopol, I have proudly served in numerous capacities and roles throughout Sonoma County. I have served as a Sebastopol Planning Commissioner for the last 10 years and currently am the Chairman.
The Planning Commission experience, combined with my economic development background and deep roots in the community, position me to be a great asset to Sebastopol. I want to be the candidate, and elected official, that gives you confidence. To not only do the job, but someone who you can reach out to and discuss the issues facing our community.
In the last 3 years we have faced extraordinary challenges. Our town has provided shelter from fires and floods. I am so proud of the way we have risen to meet the challenges. The pandemic and latest wildfires have put an exclamation point on our need to respond to global climate change. We must all do our part to ensure we are working towards sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. I will work with the other Council Members to advance the city’s efforts in this regard.
In order to protect our children, who the future belongs to, I will collaborate to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Sebastopol, working cooperatively within our community to support programs that conserve our natural resources and land. We must also protect our growing senior population who built this community. Together, we have the opportunity to build a better tomorrow.