(Jun 3 2014) - VOTE RIGHT - LIKE THE POST
In this 2014 primary, you need to vote RIGHT - LIKE THE POST. Below is one of the new candidates who is running for "one of two" seats up for grabs on the Porterville City Council. Please do your research re: this candidate and please get out and vote. A. L. "LUCKY" Lucketta - Porterville Post Editor.
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Matthew Green - Porterville City Council Candidate :
I was born in this area and have lived in Porterville my entire life. As a young adult, created by my life experiences to that point, I felt a calling to devote my life to public service.
After high school I started college and decided the ideal way for me personally to serve the public was to become a police officer, which I did. I excelled in law enforcement, becoming the youngest detective at the department as well as SWAT team member. During my seven years in law enforcement I gained valuable insight and acquired unique skills for solving problems. It was also during this time I earned by Bachelor of Arts in Social & Criminal Justice.
I started a family and realized I could do more for my life, wife, daughter and community in a different profession. In 2012 I decided I had more to offer this community and chose to leave the police department to pursue a law degree so that I could become a criminal prosecutor. Currently, I have two years to go before obtaining my doctorate degree while also working as a law clerk part time.
Last year, because I had left the police department and was then free to pursue political interests, I requested a position (and was appointed) on the citizen Charter Review Committee. In that capacity I was afforded an opportunity to work closely with city staff while representing the publics interest. I saw first hand the unique problems associated with local politics and helped formulate solutions to some of these problems that will be placed before the voters in June. I also saw a number of things that convinced me the citizens of this city deserved better from their elected representatives, and felt confident I could be the sort of representation we all deserve.
Too often I am left wondering whom exactly our elected officials are representing when voting on certain issues. I am also left wondering, often, what we have received for our votes in the form of effective representation on the matters important to us. Maybe it's because I have devoted my life to public service and not politics, but I feel some of our elected officials have forgotten it is us they are meant to serve, something they can't do when they put their own interests first or refuse to take a position on the important issues.
If elected, I will be different, in that I will:
- Make public safety a top priority, something I don't recall ever being a top priority in this city.
- Work to fix all of the roads and not just those in certain neighborhoods.
- Constantly maintain a creed, in all I do as a council member, that I am to be a public servant - an elected representative of the people and for the people.
- Maintain a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and oppose the wasteful or self-interested spending of others.
- Use my formal education, intellect and life experience to tackle the toughest problems and bring real solutions.
- Maintain a moral compass and the level of integrity I always have, a moral compass guided and strengthened by my Christian faith.
Thank you for your Support and VOTE on June 3rd.
Matthew Green - Porterville City Council Candidate