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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City of LakewoodCandidate for City Council

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Justin Rodriguez

Government/Economics Teacher
1,938 votes (10.11%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance civic engagement and voter turnout in our community, and make city government more responsive, transparent, and accessible to all residents.
  • Improve public safety/health, and support middle and working class residents by pushing for affordable housing, education, healthcare, and childcare.
  • Promote and empower our city’s local businesses, workers, unions, and civic organizations with an emphasis on job-growth, minimizing privatization, environmental awareness, and equal treatment.

Experience

Education

University College London M.A., Modern History (2013)
California State University, Long Beach California Single Subject Teaching Credential, Social Sciences (2012)
California State University, Long Beach B.A., History (2011)

Biography

I am a 30 year old teacher, father, husband, and homeowner here in Lakewood. I have been local to the area since 1999, and felt incredibly proud when my wife and I purchased our first home and planted deep roots in the city of Lakewood last year. I am running for city council because I am concerned about the many challenges we face as a nation and as a community, and I believe that we need proactive, responsive, and dynamic leadership to tackle these challenges head on. Issues faced by middle and working class families are too often disregarded by representatives in our various levels of government who are losing touch with today’s increasingly diverse electorate.

My generation recently became the largest living generation in the country. And yet our representation on governing bodies—including our City Council here in Lakewood—is practically nonexistent. So I believe that government should better reflect the citizens they represent, but also that improving our cities is the first step to improving our nation. Particularly as a teacher of political science, economics, and history, I am concerned with the direction our city. There is much to be done to improve government accessiblility, responsiveness, and community involvement. As such one of my main goals is to democratize Lakewood in as many ways as possible. This means spearheading a movement to register and energize more voters--last election in Lakewood saw a 13.78% turnout; this means actively soliciting the opinions of local business owners before passing relevant ordinances; this means leading a robust social media outreach campaign to involve younger residents--City Council currently has an almost nonexistent social media presence; and this means making government affairs more transparent and accessible to residents without unnecessary barriers. Lakewood would benefit from a fresh perspective to the many challenges we face. Above all my goal is to better represent the diverse people and interests of Lakewood.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

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