After much curiosity from community members as to whether or not Incumbent Turlock Councilwoman Mary Jackson would be running for reelection this November, Jackson has confirmed that she will indeed.
“I am running for re-election to the Turlock City Council because our city is at a crossroads,” stated Jackson in a press release. “Our community has survived the national, economic downturn and I am looking ahead for our economy to grow with an expansion of jobs, companies and retail stores in our region during the next four years.”
Jackson’s three top priorities remain consistent from her 2008 election campaign, and are listed as Smart Growth, to protect valuable farmland and not build housing west of Highway 99; Public Safety, to continue to fund police and fire, supporting the merger of the two departments and the hiring of the Police Chief; and Economic Development; by bringing more jobs and companies to Turlock, while encouraging current Turlock companies with easy ways to grow.
Jackson also stands by her contract with the citizens of Turlock, which includes: Keeping Local Government Open and Transparent; Fiscally Responsible for Every Single Tax Dollar; An Independent Voice for ALL Turlock Residents; and Strong Leadership, Making the Right, and at times Tough Decisions for Turlock Residents.
“I believe my voting record stands by the issues and the contract I made with Turlock residents,” stated Jackson.
Jackson completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a major in journalism and political science. She also spent a year working on her master’s degree in management and political science as a Rotary Foundation Scholar in Wellington, New Zealand.
Jackson went on to spend 12 years as a television journalist in five various states, covering topics such as the State Capitol and Legislature. After 4 years of teaching vocational education in Merced County, Jackson currently instructs at Merced College.
Jackson also currently serves as the Turlock Representative to the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG), participates in the League of California Cities, and volunteers at United Samaritans Foundation.
She has also served on the Turlock City Arts Commission previously, as well as being a member of the Carnegie Building Committee, and a member of the Turlock Educational Summit and State Highway 165 Task Force.
“One area I would like to work on in the future is providing consistency through all levels of city government,” stated Jackson. “In the last four years, I have worked hard to make sure the rules and regulations are administered equally to everyone in our community. I believe we all must play by the same rules.”
To contact Councilwoman with any questions or concerns regarding her campaign, please email Mary4Turlock@sbcglobal.net.
The other Incumbent Councilwoman, Amy Bublak, has still not yet announced whether or not she will be running for reelection and has not responded to inquiries by TurlockCityNews.com regarding the issue.
Previous to Jackson’s announcement, two candidates had stated intentions of running for a Turlock City Council seat since March of this year.
Turlock Parks and Recreation Commissioner Steven Nascimento announced his candidacy for the Turlock City Council, as has Turlock resident Sergio Alvarado.
The City of Turlock will be holding a General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 6th for the election of certain officers, including two City Council Members and a City Treasurer.
The nomination-filing period will be July 16 through August 10, 2012. If an incumbent does not run for reelection, the deadline will be extended 5 days.
If you are going to announce your candidacy for the Turlock City Council 2012 Election, please email your announcement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turlock City Council 2012 Election Race Now Has Two Confirmed Candidates