Office Seeking: City Clerk
Please highlight your community involvement, including any previous appointments or elected offices held, volunteer work or other leadership positions. How have these roles prepared you to lead the City of Carson as Council Member?
I have been a resident of Carson for over fifteen years. My experience as an entrepreneur, board member, educator, and attorney has prepared me to effectively serve as Carson City Clerk.
I have over a decade of business leadership experience in various sectors. I became an entrepreneur from a young age and learned the ins and outs of running a business. I've overseen million-dollar budgets, trained, supervised, and led employees. I’ve also engaged in strategic planning and in handling disputes and business-related legal issues and filings.
I have public service experience through serving in local and nationwide nonprofits as a board member. As an attorney, I help nonprofits obtain their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS.
I also possess skills and education that will help me serve our residents better. I am bilingual and can serve many Spanish-speaking residents, which I see as a major benefit to our city. I am also the only candidate running for city clerk with three master's degrees and a doctorate. I am passionate about education and the value it serves as I do my job.
What does Transparency mean to you, and how will you ensure Carson’s city government is accountable to its residents?
For me, transparency is a moral duty to share information needed to make informed decisions and hold leaders accountable. I plan to create accountability and transparency in city hall with increased organization in the clerk's office. I would review every record and report conflicts of interest.
Carson was able to pass a structurally balanced budget for the first time in years, how do you plan to maintain this balanced budget?
As a lawyer, I excel in legal research, analysis of laws, and identifying potential legal issues that can hurt the city. These skills are valuable in delivering greater service to Carson and avoiding expensive legal battles using the taxpayer’s dollars.
What specific policies will you advocate that will benefit the residents of Carson?
The most significant issues Carson faces include housing and crime. From a city clerk’s perspective, Carson's biggest issues are lack of transparency and access to public records in city hall. While the city clerk cannot legislate, he can use his platform to influence policy that can help address the city’s unmet needs and I promise to do just that. In addition to using my platform to advocate for the issues that affect most of our residents, I plan to do several things upon getting elect.
I plan to enhance city services within the city clerk's purview. I would implement technology to facilitate and streamline the request process.
I plan to create accountability and transparency in city hall with increased organization. I would review every record and report conflicts of interest.
I plan to safeguard voting rights in the City of Carson by strictly enforcing voter laws.
Overall, I want to increase communication with the residents of Carson to better understand their needs and desires for the city. I feel that too frequently the residents don’t get a proper avenue to disclose their concerns. The issues of crime, housing, and lack of communication perpetuate the cycle of dissatisfaction with elected officials.