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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of BeniciaCandidate for City Council

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Tom Campbell

Incumbent
6,428 votes (25.65%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • More reliable water sources for Benicia.
  • Better roads
  • Develop a business campus/park on the Seeno property.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Orthodontist
Orthodontist, Self (1982–current)
Councilman, Benicia City Council — Elected position (2011–current)
Councilman, Benicia City Council — Elected position (2007–2011)
Councilman, Benicia City Council — Elected position (2001–2005)
Commission member, Benicia Planning Commission — Appointed position (1995–1999)

Education

Santa Clara University School of Law J.D., law (1996)
U.C. Berkeley M.B.A., bussiness (1986)
Marquette University M.S.D., dentistry (1982)
U.C.L.A D.D.S., dentistry (1978)
U.C.S.B. B.S. & M.A., chemistry (1972)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congressman Mike Thompson
  • State Senator Lois Wolk
  • State Assemblyman Bill Dodd

Organizations (2)

  • Sierra Club
  • Orderly Growth Committee

Elected Officials (5)

  • Benicia City Council Christina Strawbridge
  • Benicia City Council Mark Huges
  • Assemblyman Jim Wood
  • Solano Supervisor Erin Hannigam
  • Solano Supervisor Linda Seifert

Individuals (2)

  • Former Benicia City Council Mike Ioakimedes
  • Former Benicia Mayor Jerry Hayes

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters Benicia (2)

How do you propose that Benicia secure, implement and maintain consistent, reliable sources of good quality water for our city?
Answer from Tom Campbell:

Benicia made a mistake many years ago when it put all its water eggs in one basket, the State water system. I'll be charitable and discribe the State water system as only grossly unreliable. Over the years I've been in office Benicia has constantly been trying to find diverse and reliable water sources. We have signed at least three major water agreements in the last 12 years that have improved the water supplies in Benicia. A water recycle plant would be a very useful next step in Benicia and could supply up to 40% of Valero's water needs thus freeing up more water for the residents. The problem has been that the first try at a water recylce plant in 2003-2006 the Benicia City Council just gave up even though they had $15 million from Valero to work with. The more recent effort that is going on right now has the problem that it will require $32 million in loan payments over the next 20 years since no grant money or other sources of money are available now. As such Benicia should continue to look for water agreements with other Solano County cities that have water they aren't using such as Vallejo or possibly Vacaville for example.

What ideas do you have to improve transportation and other services for our increasing Senior population?
Answer from Tom Campbell:

I've been a Board of Directors member of Solarns for about 1 year. During that time I've asked and been able to have Soltrans add service to Vallejo Kaiser from downtown Benicia on the new Route 20. We are also trying to improve the service to BART from Benicia through scheduling changes.  This is the approach which may be useful for seniors. To constantly be looking for ways to change the bus schedule and routes to match what seniors and the rest of the public need.. The approch is to not be ridge but instead to be flexible and nimble with bus routes and scheduling.

Questions from League of Women Voters (1)

The Seeno property on Lake Herman and East Second street has been the subject of development plans. What if any are your concerns about a large residential development in this area?
Answer from Tom Campbell:

I don't believe a residential development should be placed next to an industrial park especially when there is a refinery that wold be within a quarter mile of the homes. This would likely create a situation where the residents of these homes and the business park would be in constant litigation over the smells, noise, and lighting that is indigineous to an active industrial park. Also where is the water that these 900 homes going to come from?

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