I want to start by saying this has been a very difficult decision, but one that I think is best for me and the community. I have decided not to seek re-election in November.
There are several factors that have influenced my decision.
As most of you know, my family is very important to me. I am the proud father of four wonderful children. Currently, my sons are serving their country in the United States Army. Cody is stationed in Afghanistan, and Kyle will be leaving for South Korea in June. Their deployments have caused some additional stress on my wife and me.
Another important factor in my decision is my involvement in several nonprofit organizations. I enjoy working as a council member, but my passion is helping others. I have always told people if I had to choose between working with D.A.R.E., Brighter Christmas and other nonprofits or being a council member, I would always choose the nonprofits.
Having weighed these factors, I have decided it is time to focus on my family and helping others.
I appreciate all of the support I have received from the employees of the city of Tracy. It has been a privilege working with such a fine group of people. I also want to thank the council members who appointed me to the council in 2006. Thank you to the citizens of Tracy who elected me to council in 2008.
I hope the current council continues their support of D.A.R.E., Brighter Christmas and the other worthy organizations in our community. I wish you all the best in the coming years.