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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Condado de SolanoCandidato para Supervisor, Distrito 2

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Mike Ioakimedes

Retired Restaurant Owner
15,026 votos (44.21%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Restoring a level of trust between the county’s decision makers and the county’s workers.
  • Smart growth and protect the health of our county.
  • Continue the efforts to establish a regional park system. Groundwater in particular and drought related water issues in general.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Benicia City Council Member; Benicia Main Street, President and Board Member; SolTrans, Founding Board Member
Council Member, City of Benicia — Cargo elegido (2007–2011)

Biografía

Elected

Benicia City Council Member

 

Appointed

Benicia Historic Preservation Advisory Committee ~Chair

Benicia Economic Development Board (2 terms) ~ Chair

Benicia Planning Commission~ Commissioner

SolTrans ~ Founding Board Member

Solano Transportation Authority ~ Board Alternate

Solano Economic Development Corporation ~ Board Alternate

League of California Cities ~ Environmental Quality Policy Committee Member

 

Professional

California Teachers’ Retirement System ~ Legislative Advocate

 

Civic

Benicia Main Street ~ President and Board Member

Benicia Historical Society~ Board Member

Majestic Theatre Group ~ President

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church ~ Parish Council Member

St. Patrick High School ~ JV Football Coach

Benicia Little League ~ Coach

Benicia Soccer ~ Coach

 

Benicia Girl’s Fast Pitch Softball ~ Coach 

 

Small Business Owner - Business ownership has allowed me to development a deep appreciation of the challenges facing small business owners and a real sense of the needs of the business community.

 

Like my grandfather, my father and my uncle, I owned a Solano County small business. My wife Gayle and I owned and operated our popular family style restaurant in Benicia for over 30 years.  

 

Long-time Resident - Knowing where we have been has prepared me to help lead our community into the future. 

 

I am the third generation of my family to live in Solano County.  This has given me a unique perspective as I have watched our county, particularly southern Solano County, grow and evolve.  

 

Community Involvement – I care deeply about our community and have worked to build a better place to work, play and raise healthy, happy families. 

 

I am one of the architects of downtown Benicia’s revitalization.  I was a founding member of Benicia Main Street and served on its board for over a decade including two terms as President.  I helped create, organize, and develop many of the events now held in Benicia’s downtown including the Christmas Open House Celebration and Benicia’s Farmer’s Market.  

 

As parents, Gayle and I were actively involved in the full range of youth activities.   I have hands-on experience in historic preservation by restoring our 19th century home and by serving on the Benicia Historical Society board.  I supported the arts by sponsoring a popular Jazz music series and by helping form and then serving as President of the Majestic Theatre Group.  The Majestic Theatre Group was formed to preserve Benicia’s remaining theatre and to promote the performing arts in downtown Benicia.  

 

Public Service - I have extensive government and legislative experience at the municipal, county, and state level.  I am a strong and passionate advocate for Democratic values, but I also have the ability to bring together diverse groups, build consensus, and form strong productive coalitions.  

 

Benicia City Council Member – I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our Council during my term of office.  I was a key participant in the negotiation of a new garbage contract that put Benicia on the path to zero waste and produced significant cost savings for our community; particularly Benicia’s school district .  Our Council approved and adopted Solano County’s first Climate Action Plan as well as approving the creation of Benicia’s Sustainability Commission.  As a Council we negotiated with a tough developer and as a result of that process helped created a “blueprint” for future developments.  In the darkest hours of the recession our Council was not only able to maintain a balanced budget but also protect the City’s 20 percent reserve.

 

 

Founding Board member of SolTrans – The creation of SolTrans, the joint transit agency representing Benicia and Vallejo is something I am most proud of.  Solutions to traffic congestion and related air quality issues are going to be found in regional transit and the creation of SolTrans has positioned southern Solano County well.

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Featured Endorsements

  • Linda Seifert, Supervisor, Solano County District 2
  • George Miller, United States Congressman (Ret.)
  • Mike Thompson, United States Congressman

Organizaciónes (11)

  • Community Democratic Club
  • Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter
  • Vallejo Chamber of Commerce
  • Benicia Chamber of Commerce
  • Firefighters Local 1186
  • Iron Workers Local 378
  • UA Plumbers & Steamfitter’s Local 343
  • Teamsters Local 315 & 856
  • Napa-Solano Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Napa-Solano Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Operating Engineers Local Union # 3

Funcionarios electos (18)

  • Dana Dean, President, Solano County Board of Education
  • Gary Wing, President, Benicia Unified School Board
  • Lois Wolk, California State Senator
  • Susan Bonilla, California State Assembly Member
  • Rosemary Thurston, Governing Board Trustee, Solano Community College District
  • Erin Hannigan, Supervisor, Solano County District 1
  • Judi Honeychurch, Governing Board President, Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
  • A. Marie Young, Governing Board Trustee, Solano Community College District
  • Jim Spering, Supervisor, Solano County District 3
  • Denis Honeychurch, Governing Board Trustee, Solano Community College District
  • John Vasquez, Supervisor, Solano County District 4
  • Mark Hughes, Benicia City Council Member
  • Alan Schwartzman, Benicia City Council Member
  • Tom Campbell, Benicia City Council Member
  • Lori Wilson, City of Suisun City Mayor Pro Tem
  • Harry Price, City of Fairfield Mayor
  • Jerry Hayes, City of Benicia Mayor (Fmr.)
  • Osby Davis, City of Vallejo Mayor

Individuos (32)

  • Harold F. King, Jr
  • Louise Yarbrough
  • Yolanda Calderon Wallace
  • A. C. Ubalde, Jr
  • Kelly Taft
  • Chancey Sweeney, MPA, MHA
  • Susan Sullivan
  • Scott Strawbrige
  • Demetra Stall-Nash
  • Elissa Shanks Stewart
  • John Potter
  • Anthony Russo
  • The Regalado Family
  • Don Olson
  • Burt & Nancy Mahoney
  • Duane Kromm
  • John & Janice Silva
  • Katherine Hoffman
  • Bishop Bryon Harris
  • Norm Gonzales
  • Pete Gonzales
  • Cooper Cynthia
  • Dan Clark
  • Michael Brown
  • Georgia T. Benedict
  • Timothy Beers
  • Bob DaPrato, Professor Solano College
  • Scott Foster, Business Leader
  • Michael Coan, Business Leader
  • Jasmin Powell, President, Benicia Industrial Park Association
  • Don Dean, Benicia Planning Commission Chair
  • Dr. Tony Ubalde, President, Vallejo Board of Education

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Restoring a level of trust between the county’s decision makers and the county’s workers.   

The last contract negotiation between the county and its workforce could have been handled better.  We have to do more than pay lip service to the notion that our employees are our greatest asset. My 30 plus years as a business owner/employer along with my time as a city councilmember has taught me that it is not enough to exercise fiscal prudence.  A smart employer will recognize the fiscal benefit of employee retention, the contributions of the workforce, and ensure that all employees feel that their work is valued.

Smart Growth 

We should strive to keep new residential development within our existing urban boundaries, protect our agricultural and open space areas, and promote and develop those areas already designated for commercial and industrial use.   In partnership with our cities, as well as when the county acts as the lead agency, we need to work to tie quality local jobs with pubic transit and existing and future housing stock.  Additionally we need to strengthen our intercity transit connections as well as our connections to regional transit systems. 

Smart growth also means not being seduced by the allure of job growth or tax revenue at the expense of public health or long term quality of life issues.  Every project deserves a fair and impartial review, but to be successful a project must meet the vision and goals of our communities.

Protect the health of our County

I believe that the most important responsibility of local government is to protect the health and safety of its residents. Nothing should ever force a local elected official to abdicate or subordinate that responsibility. In fact, I consider it more than a responsibility - I consider it a sacred trust between government and citizens.  For that reason alone I do not support the transportation of crude oil by rail.

As Supervisor I would help create and foster a focus on creating healthy lifestyles for all of Solano’s residents.  These efforts would include helping convert to or create walk able communities, eliminating any “food deserts “found in the county,  making sure our seniors and children have healthy eating choices, and ensuring that support for children’s health and welfare programs remain at effective levels.

Continue the efforts to establish a regional park system.

We need to continue efforts to explore ways to establish, and then find a long-term solution to funding a regional park system.  

 

Groundwater in particular and drought related water issues in general.

The fact that water is a finite resource has been brought home by the current drought conditions.  We need to continue to prudently manage our groundwater levels and continue efforts to find solutions to our long-term water usage.  While water cost and consumption is an issue through out the county it is particularly significant in the Green Valley community.

 

Secure alternative funding in light of the failure of the Transportation initiative.

Our streets and roads are in dire need of funding.  In some areas continued deferred maintenance of roadways could result in a 3-fold increase in eventual repair/replacement costs.  Our infrastructure issues also have an impact on our business recruitment and business retention efforts.

 

The Homelessness issue as it presents itself in various parts of the county.

 

The county, in partnership with the cities, needs to continue to explore ways to match the needs of the homeless with the appropriate services.  We have too few shelters, too few beds, and the avenues of transition out of homelessness are too difficult.  

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