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April 10, 2018 — Local Elections
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City of WhittierCandidate for Council Member, District 2

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Henry Bouchot

Veterans Nonprofit Executive Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing safety through a data-driven approach that leverages best practices and cultivates partnerships.
  • Revitalizing Uptown Whittier, addressing homelessness, graffiti, litter, and deteriorating infrastructure.
  • Increasing the transparency of and access to local government.

Experience

Biography

Henry Bouchot is an active member of our community. He and his wife, Christina, chose Whittier as their home to raise their two boys. A former Marine Captain who served in Afghanistan, Henry has a deep commitment to public service. He serves as a Whittier City Social Services Commissioner and Neighborhood Watch Block Captain.  Henry is the founder of a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting disabled military veterans. He holds a law degree from Boston College and a master's degree in business from Mount Saint Mary's University. He earned a B.A. in history from Loyola Marymount University.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • I believe that local government, more than any other level of government, can and should seek to increase and develop the happiness of its residents.
  • I believe that government must become more entrepreneurial, data-driven, and modern. “This is how it has always been done” should never be the only argument in support of a practice.
  • I believe that government must be “by, for, and through” the people.  Any top-down approach is bound to result in dissatisfaction by those governed.
  • I believe public service is a public trust and that mismanaging public funds is unacceptable.
  • I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that our system of government was designed to encourage compromise -- not total victory by any one political faction.
  • I believe we are at a crossroads in Whittier. We must commit to maintaining our identity and traditions while adapting to, and preparing for, changing circumstances.
  • I believe we are capable of achieving more than one ambitious goal at a time.
  • I believe that a great society cannot tolerate extreme poverty and homelessness.
  • I believe that it is our responsibility to give our children a better life.
  • I believe that there is more binding us together as a community of residents than separating us.
  • I believe that broad-based economic growth is our best solution to growing inequality and societal discontent.
  • I believe that people deserve to feel safe in their community.

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