Why wait for the mail?
Sample ballots for the November 2013 election will be in the mail on Thursday said Riverside County election officials. “Material in the pamphlet will help voters make informed choices,” the county registrar’s office said in a news release.
You don’t have to wait until the sample ballots arrive in your mailbox. Desert Vortex News has them now.
For the Desert Hot Springs election, these are the candidate statements you will see when you those sample ballots finally arrive.
About half of the mailers will start going out to voters Thursday. The rest will hit mailboxes sometime next week. “Voters may mark selections on a sample ballot and use it as a guide to help them complete their official ballots at the polls.”
Early voting starts Oct. 7.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS FOR MAYOR (in order of names appearing on ballot)
Adam Sanchez, Age: 55
New fiscal leadership is desperately needed in Desert Hot Spring. Our city council by 3/2 vote just approved an 18 million budget knowing that we would only have 16 million dollars. I voted no because it was an irresponsible decision.
As mayor, my priorities will be fiscal responsibility, public safety, job training and cleaning up our city – both physically and politically. This will attract the right kinds of economic development and businesses, and that in turn will increase our property values and our quality of life.
My experience with the Boys & Girls Club, the Police Activities League, the Borrego Medical Center and Youth Violence & Gang Task Force give me a unique perspective about the needs of our city.
I initiated the twice-monthly “Clean Up Our City Campaign” activities that improve our neighborhoods and will make us more attractive for business, tourism and future residents. I want to expand this program.
The city belongs to all of us. Help me lead the way to a new Desert Hot Springs. It would be an honor to serve as your mayor, Respectfully, I am asking for your vote.
John-Paul Valdez, Age: 51
I have lived in the desert area since 2003. I started in finance 27 years ago, and worked here as an investment adviser. I became known as a TV news economist in English and Spanish and as a financial blogger for the local paper. I am not a politician, and have never run for office. I have no plans to go to Sacramento or to Washington DC . I make my home in beautiful Desert Hot Springs. After having lived in many countries and traveled extensively, I want to use my education and language abilities to help grow our city’s economy, and reach out to the international community more effectively. Increased tourism means more jobs here too.
I see this city on the hill that deserves so much more, and I have the management skills best suited to this office. Jobs, safety and access to education and recreation come with qualified leadership I offer.
Yvonne Parks, Age 76
As your Mayor, I am proud of our many successes.
Our local economy is growing and new major retailers are choosing Desert Hot Springs. This means new business and new jobs.
Desert Hot Springs is leading the entire Coachella Valley in increased sales tax revenue and increased bed tax revenues also. That means we are attracting more visitor – that grows our local economy.
Public safety improvements are making our neighborhoods and schools safer and more attractive to home buyers and investors. Crime is down and graffiti is under control.
We have made tremendous progress toward cleaning up our most troubled neighborhoods and it shows. Home values are on the rise and that is benefiting our entire housing market.
I’m working hard to improve our quality of life. We have upgraded parks to accommodate your recreation, little league and soccer. We have improved our Senior Center and expanded opportunities for group activities.
We have repaired over 48 miles of streets, including curbs, gutters and sidewalks, we completed the Palm and Indian overpasses and the annexation of property to I-10.
Let’s keep the momentum going and continue to move our City forward.
VOTE YVONNE PARKS, MAYOR
The above statements are exactly as the candidates wrote them and as they will appear in the sample ballot you will receive in the mail in about a week.
Check back with Desert Vortex News. Statements by the city council candidates coming next!
For over 40 years Dean has been published in a variety of small newspapers and magazines. As publisher he founded an alternative city weekly newspaper in 2008 and published over 200 uninterrupted issues over 4 years to over 20,000 readers via 800 locations (and online) before selling the business.
Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader.
In 2014 he was appointed Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs, California.
Dean M Gray is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and lives in Desert Hot Springs, California.