Candidate for mayor of Santa Maria
|Why are you running for office?:||I am running for mayor because, I believe that Santa Maria has more to offer each and everyone of its residents.|
Together we can unlock the potential our city has, we can grow in a way where no neighborhood gets left behind and everyone in our community will benefit. To ensure that every resident feels safe no matter what part of Santa Maria they live in.
A mayor that always listen to the community, in addition to take action when needed. Change will take time and dedication but, there's nothing we can't accomplish as a united city.
|What makes you qualified for the job?:||I have experience serving the public in the private sector. I have dealt with public policy through being a business owner and navigating city and state policies, licenses and budgeting. I know firsthand the amount of time and responsibly being the leader takes. I have the willingness to do the right thing for our community.|
|What are your two main priorities if you win?:||Close the gap between our community and our city officials so our city can move forward together in the right direction. |
Improve our city planning and development so we can grow in a way that no neighborhood gets left behind and everyone in our community will benefit.
|How will you interact with other governments?:||Being involved at all times. I will always seek what is best for our community but at the same time, willing to work and compromise with anything and anyway possible and build a good relationship with other government agencies.|
|What are your plans to help overcome COVID-19?:||Have weekly updates on what we are doing behind closed doors. So our residents have the reassurance that we are doing everything possible for our community. Making sure they get the information available on programs to help our residents and our business owners. Most importantly having more communication with our community to see what issues we can address first and so we can move forward together in this pandemic.|
|Which two issues are most important to you?:||The fact that we have little to no communication between our community and our local officials and the way our city continues to grow. To move forward together we and by we i mean our local residents, local businesses, local organizations and our city council needs to be be working together. In order to move in the right direction so we can grow in a way that benefits everyone with in our community.|
Extended Interview with Alberto Ugalde