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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of VisaliaCandidate for Council Member, Council District 2

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Bob Link

4,527 votes (54.06%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Job Growth: I will continue to promote economic opportunities and ensure that growth is handled responsibly.
  • Public Safety: I will continue to support fire and police with the tools they need to keep our neighborhoods safe.
  • Social Responsibility: I will continue the city’s efforts to tackle the issues of water conservation, homelessness, and mental health needs in our community.



Bob Link was born and raised in Visalia, attended Visalia elementary schools and graduated from Mt. Whitney High School. Following high school, he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. He was co-owner of Links’ Men’s’ and Women’s Wear, a business his father began in 1941 in downtown Visalia, which he operated in partnership with his brother, Tom, until their retirement in 2014.

Bob has been active in community affairs for many years. Some of these activities include serving as President of Visalia Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Visalia Public Cemetery District, Chairman of the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the Tulare County Library Foundation. He also served on the local executive committee of the Billy Graham Association. He served as Chairman of the Board for Community Catalyst, an organization in San Diego, which serves citizens with disabilities throughout California. Bob was a founding member of the PBID Alliance, which was the catalyst for establishing a vibrant Downtown District.

Currently, he is serving as a Visalia City Councilman, and has served two terms as Mayor. He is a member of Tulare County Association of Governments, Vice President of Visalia Christian Ministries and is a member of the downtown Rotary Club, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow.


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Featured Endorsements

  • Trish Chrisman
  • Steve Chrisman
  • Peter Cary

Individuals (13)

  • Leslie Cantrell
  • Richard Carlson
  • Darrin Cantrell
  • Marcia Caldwell
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Jim Burr
  • Ginny Burr
  • Sarah Brackett
  • Treasa Bonnar
  • Betsy Billys, MD
  • Jay Ballantyne
  • Sally Akin

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As Visalia City Council and former Mayor of Visalia, I am proud of the sound decisions we’ve made in keeping Visalia a beautiful and financially healthy city. Visalia, with its safe and vibrant downtown, wide opportunities in the arts, sports, entertainment and fine dining makes it a place we can be proud to call home. Visalia has become a city that stands out throughout the Valley as an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family.

Issues such as graffiti abatement, gang suppression, and water conservation have been at the forefront of our work as a council, and we have seen the positive impact of our efforts.

As a former retail business owner, I am a fiscal conservative who knows this doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice the quality of life or services to our residents. I have seen first-hand that government can be more effective without being more expensive.

During my years on the Visalia City Council, and four years as Mayor, we have faced unprecedented obstacles, and I have consistently:

•Advocated for sound fiscal management

•Supported law enforcement and public safety

•Fought for economic opportunities that ensure growth, without succumbing to the urban sprawl other cities have suffered

•Tried to be as thoughtful and open minded as possible when dealing with any issue or situation that our city has faced

•Strongly encouraged openness and transparency in local government

•Advocated for the continued enhancement of our downtown, where food, music, and the arts are central to our quality of life. People from throughout the Valley travel to our downtown to enjoy this unique area that we all have worked so hard to continue to make even better.

It is said the best predictor of the future is the past, but it is time to look to the future and to move our city forward, we must make Visalia an even better place to live, and we can. If you give me the privilege to continue my work for you, this is what you can expect from me:

Job Growth

Bringing more jobs to our city has been and will always be a top priority. I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure any resident who is willing to work, can find a job and contribute to our community. We must continue to work to ensure our city is business friendly so we can attract new businesses who are looking to locate in the Valley. We must also work to strengthen businesses who are here by making sure they have the tools necessary to grow and build our economy.

Public Safety

No responsibility is more important to our city’s elected officials than keeping our families safe and secure. I will continue to support our police officers and firefighters and make sure they have every resource necessary to make our streets safe and neighborhoods strong.

Social Responsibility

The challenges of homelessness, poverty and mental health are not easy, but they can’t be ignored. The test of leadership isn’t how you work on issues that are simple but how you solve challenges that are difficult. I will continue to focus on how we can find solutions to these challenges which impact our entire city, both economically and socially.

Protecting our Resources

We must continue to look for innovative ways to recharge our aquifer. The future of our community, our children, and our grandchildren depends on a sustainable water supply.

In politics, this is an unprecedented time in our nation, and many of us are unsure what lies ahead for our country. This is not the case at the local level. I have always believed the answers to the challenges we face as a city are not found at City Hall, they are found in our neighborhoods. It is in our own town where we can walk down the street or the sidewalk, see our neighbors, and know the decisions we make will have a significant impact. We have made great progress, but so much more can be done. I have the experience and the results to continue delivering for the residents of our city and District 2. I ask you to join me in continuing the good work that we all started together.



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