Voters in Lompoc will be seeing a familiar name on the mayoral ballot this year. Former Lompoc Mayor, John Linn, is running again in hopes to represent the people in Lompoc.
“I think he is the guy who will try his best to push Lompoc forward,” says Marlee Bedford, a long time supporter.
As Linn continues with his campaign he says one of his main focuses is to move the city forward.
“I’ve been pretty successful at bringing jobs and stores to Lompoc in my last four year term and I look forward to doing that again,” he says.
Linn is no stranger to the job. He was first elected in 2010 for a two year term and then again in 2012. However, things changed two years ago when voters elected Bob Lingl to the Mayor’s position.
The two men will be going head to head once again.
“The city has stagnated over the past two years and a lot of people have come up to me and said hey you know things were better when you were Mayor,” says Linn.
He says he has opened several businesses in the city for the last 30 years. It’s something he says that has helped him bring people together and develop contacts throughout the community.
Linn says there are many issues facing Lompoc, including bringing in more revenue into the city.
“More jobs, more stores, we also want increased city revenue to our sports and park fields, we have an issue with spiraling utility rates and we haven’t build any houses in the last couple of years,” he says.
Marlee Bedford, a long time supporter, says he represents progressiveness for families who live here and businesses who want to keep their doors open.
“He wants to help mom and pops and local businesses and we have so many empty windows,” says Bedford.
As Linn prepares to take on Lingl for the battle of the Mayors, part two, he says he’s ready to represent the people of Lompoc again, “I bring people together and I get things done.”