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Kingsburg City Council {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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  • Sherman Dix

  • Laura North

  • Jason Poynor

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Biographical Information

In your opinion, what are the city's top three challenges? How would you address each of these issues?

The drought has affected communities throughout the Valley, especially those that depend on agriculture. What steps, if any, should the city take to diversify its economy? What steps would you propose?

Gangs have committed crimes and taken lives in communities throughout the Valley. What strategies would you propose the city undertake to keep kids away from gangs, and to help those in gangs give up the gang life?

Why are you the best candidate to serve on the city council? (Text or YouTube video.)

Age 38
Residence Kingsburg, CA
Family Married to Tiffany 3 Children Madeline, Eleanor, Gregory
Education BA Political Science UCSB BA Finance Fresno State MBA Finance Fresno State Licensed CPA
Occupation Assistant Director Fiscal Services for Tulare County
Public service experience Current Kingsburg Councilmember Kingsburg Planning Commission Kingsburg Economic Development Committee
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As the Real Estate market has rebounded we are seeing new developments proposed for Kingsburg. It is important that these developments are properly planned in a way that enhances our community and contributes to the quality of life that Kingsburg is known for. As a member of the City Council I have pushed for us to clearly define the desired development standards to ensure they are met and simplify the process for developers. I am committed to upholding the standards of our community. Kingsburg has a reputation for being a safe and clean town, but our safety personnel are understaffed. We need to secure the necessary resources for our police and fire personnel to ensure Kingsburg maintains that reputation. I have worked to bring new businesses to town to generate more sales tax dollars and have found ways for the city to save money. I will continue to find ways to get the safety resources we need. Finally, we are facing a changing retail environment where the big box retailers who have been vital to city sales tax bases are closing and focusing on online sales. This change will have an impact to city budgets and their ability to provide services, including Kingsburg. I have proposed an Agri-tourism district that will encourage retail businesses that offer locally produced products that highlight our region and will draw tourist dollars to Kingsburg.  I have also been working on bringing a large sports complex to our community to increase tourism.
Kingsburg is a city that relies heavily on farming and agriculture. My plan for the city will create a diverse business community that will be able to withstand the harsh effects this drought and future ones will have on ag related businesses. Kingsburg has the advantage of being located next to highway 99. As a city we should focus on bringing more traffic off of the highway and into our local shops. By increasing tourism in our city we will be able to withstand drought related unemployment and farming income decline. I have already taken steps in this direction as a member of the Kingsburg Economic Development Committee and current City Councilmember. I led the effort in creating a new business plan competition that offered $25,000 in donated funds and services to the entrepreneur(s) with the best new business idea for Kingsburg. As a result TWO new businesses opened up in Kingsburg at NO cost to the taxpayers. I have also worked to create business and development incentives to attract new businesses to our city. I also have proposed an Agri-tourism district to encourage tourism in our community. Finally a key piece of my council goals will be to build a state-of-the-art multi-sports complex in Kingsburg, that will bring in thousands of visitors a year for sports tournaments.
Intervention is the key to keep young kids from joining gangs. Whether its sports clubs, after-school programs etc, kids who are exposed to positive role models will be less likely to join gangs. Kingsburg benefits from a citizenry that is involved and concerned for the well being of the community. I would capitalize on this spirit and encourage volunteerism in intervention programs such as Big Brother / Big Sisters, Prior to its current budgetary constraints the Kingsburg Police Department had resources to reach out to the schools to address this issue. I will work to bring more resources to the Kingsburg PD so that it can make this a priority again.
I feel my unique backgound in financial management and economic development will continue to be a resource for Kingsburg. My experience helped identity a bond refinancing opportunity that saved the city nearly $750,000, and I will continue to look for other opportunities to save Kingsburg money. I have a specific set of goals for Kingsburg that I believe the community wants and have shown determination in getting them accomplished.
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