Two people are vying for the position of mayor, Michael Maciel and Raymond Morelos. Our current mayor, Brent Ives, has termed out. There are four people running for council seats, including incumbents Robert Rickman and Charles Manne, along with Robert C. Tanner and Veronica Vargas.
Talk in Tracy has already begun as to what the community would like to see the candidates focus on.
“We need a better selection of businesses downtown,” Tracy resident Susan Decker suggested. “I’ve lived here 18 years and have been hearing how downtown was going to be done and it hasn’t happened. Nearby Livermore is a great example of having a good selection of businesses downtown. The city spent a lot of money on lighting and landscaping there, but they need to focus on the businesses. Also, so much closes early that it’s hard for those that commute.”
“Tracy needs to be more accommodating for new businesses, making it easier for them to come in,” Tracy resident Valerie Enes said. “They are starting to build new housing, and we need the infrastructure to continue to keep up with the new housing.”
“I would like to see candidates focus on the issues of a swimming pool that the community can use,” Michele Loomis said. “I’ve been working with the city and school district since 2005 about not having adequate facilities for the whole community. If we had a swim center, it would give the community jobs and a place to go on the hot days.”
An opinion poll on the Tracy Talks Facebook page yielded jobs as the main issue of concern. Other input included addressing an increase in neighborhood crimes, emphasizing greater government transparency, improving landscaping and park maintenance, filling empty storefronts at the outlet mall instead of building more structures and making the new animal shelter being built into a no-kill facility.
The Tracy Press will host a forum for the mayor, council and CSD board candidates later this fall. What issues do you think candidates should focus on? What are your thoughts?
• Anne Marie Fuller is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at email@example.com.