Editor, Ceres Courier,
I would like to respond to the comments made in the political guide for the Ceres City Council race.
It was written that I approved a 22 percent raise for a city employee; to the best of my knowledge, I have never voted on a 22 percent raise for any employee. These items are discussed in closed session, and only the outcome is reported out, and if it was reported that I approved a raise then that is incorrect. And if I am wrong, then I’ll admit to it. But, to the best of my recollection, I have never voted to approve a raise of 22 percent for any employee.
I do take the city offered healthcare plan, and although other members of the City Council cover their spouses and family, I choose to only maintain coverage for myself. My City Council pay is $500, of that I pay $220 in insurance premiums, so after insurance and taxes I bring home $246 a month. I spend approximately 60 hours a month on City Council related work.
I know individuals would like to show me in a bad light, but I encourage voters to take a look at the others in the race who work for a state official where they most likely get a paycheck from the state and are on state-offered healthcare. I have lived in my district for over 46 years; I didn’t move into this district just to run for office. I have committed over 20 years of service to the youth of Ceres and 13 to city government in order to make our city a better place, with a balanced budget and reasonable financial reserve to ensure that adequate services are provided to the citizens of this city.
Please do not bring big-time politics into a local election by calling out an opponent – campaign on your success and what you may bring to the council.
Thank you to those who took the time to read this and understand the difference. Please vote Nov. 3.
Ceres City Councilmember
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