“This person represents us and he is a good man,” that’s how Helen Free, describes Lompoc Mayor, Bob Lingl.
After serving the past two years he is campaigning for re-election.
“I ask people to look at my background, look at what I have been able to accomplish,” he says.
During his term, he says he’s been progressive in moving the city forward.
“We have advanced the city in many ways, financially, we have great new businesses coming into town and our housing development is going again,” says Mayor Lingl.
He says he was instrumental in helping the housing market come back to life. He says he was successful in asking the county to re-open negotiations about annexing land north of the town. As a result, within the next one to two years over 40 houses will be built.
“I’m open to the public and they can ask the simplest of questions and I get answers for them and it’s just a way of me connecting with the community,” he says about hosting coffees with the public once a month.
Mayor Lingl is going to head-to-head once again with John Linn, his opponent in the last election
He says he hopes by hosting coffees he can connect with people in the community and address the issues the city is facing.
“We train people to do these jobs, firefighters, police officers, we train them for two years and then they move onto other cities because the salaries are higher we need to work on retention not only with salaries but with benefits,” he says.
Helen Free, a supporter, agrees that better paying jobs are a major key to helping the city progress.
“We have some bright people that if we had jobs it would make a difference in their lives, in our lives and in the community,” says Free.
As the Mayor continues his campaigning, a week out from the election, he’s hoping the people in Lompoc will have trust in him like they did two years ago when they first elected him.
“I love this community, I’ll never leave and I thank them for their votes and confidence in the past and I hope on November 8 they will consider me again,” he says.