Timm LaVelle, former Turlock School Board Member, decided to officially announce his candidacy to run for Turlock City Council to be elected on November 2, 2010. The official nomination filing period according to law begins on July 12, 2010, just one month away.
LaVelle believes candidates need all the time they can to reach out to voters, but didn’t want to announce until after the June 8 Primary Election.
Thus far, Jeremy Roca, Pat Noda, and Timm LaVelle are the only candidates to officially announce that they are running for Turlock City Council.
Incumbent Council Members Ted Howze and Kurt Spycher (Vice Mayor) have not announced their bid for reelection as of yet.
Timm LaVelle made his Turlock City Council candidacy intent official by inviting a few close supporters and media as he spoke off his own handmade soapbox in front of Turlock City Hall on June 11, 2010 with this announcement:
My name is Timm LaVelle and I am pleased to announce that I will be adding my name to the ballot this November for a seat on the Turlock City Council.
We are currently in a fiscal crisis both at the State and Local levels and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to serve our community. After listening to people across Turlock I have been convinced to offer my experience to help Turlock face this on going crisis.
My platform will be one of “Team Governance.” During my 8 years serving as a Trustee of the Turlock Unified School District where we oversaw a budget of approximately 180 million dollars and a staff of almost 1400 employees. Our common sense philosophy led to our fiscal success, where we were able to balance our budget every year that I served, without major program cuts or massive layoffs. I plan to bring that way of thinking to our city government and make Turlock a place that is once again, the envy of the Central Valley.
The “Team Governance” management style allows each Council Member to agree and respectfully disagree with each other, without forgetting what the main responsibility of each Council Member is, and that is working to keep Turlock a safe and prosperous place for all our families and businesses.
Over the coming months as I visit our neighborhoods, house by house, I invite all the people of Turlock to share with me their ideas for building a more effective and efficient city government.
SERVICE, GOVERNANCE, EXCELLENCE… Let these be our goals as we move Turlock forward into this new century.