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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of FremontCandidate for City Council, District 2

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Rick Jones

Councilmember
5,000 votes (56.43%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable housing to allow our younger generation to stay in Fremont; as well as seniors looking to downsize.
  • Critical infrastructure improvements to relieve traffic congestion; securing funding for I880 to I680 express lanes to bypass Mission Blvd.
  • Transition our homeless population to permanent housing and provide essential quality of life services.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Council Member
Council Member, City of Fremont — Elected position (2014–current)
Traffic School Instructor, Fremont Unified School District (2004–2017)
JV Girls Softball Coach, Fremont Unified School District (2011–2016)
Planning Commissioner, City of Fremont — Appointed position (2012–2014)
Police Officer, City of Fremont (1979–2008)

Community Activities

Member, Niles Rotary Club (2016–current)
Volunteer, SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) (2015–current)

Biography

Hello, I’m Rick Jones, currently on the City Council and running for re-election.

I have been a Fremont resident for nearly forty years, and my wife’s family has been here for several generations.  I have dedicated all of that time to serving our community; first as a Police Officer for 29 years, including 9 years as the School Resource Officer at Washington High School.  I also taught Traffic School and Driver’s Education at the Adult School for 12 years; coached at Kennedy High School for 5 years; and served 2 years on Fremont’s Planning Commission before being elected to City Council in 2014.

We have accomplished a lot over the last 4 years, but still have a lot of work to do.  

I’m running for re-election to continue that work and keep Fremont a great place to live, work, and raise a family. 

I have three important priorities:  Affordable housing, homelessness, and infrastructure improvements.

The Bay Area is in desperate need of housing at all levels, but especially affordable housing for our lower income residents and our senior population.  We need to focus on linking higher density housing to areas around BART, ACE, and AC Transit and invest in the infrastructure of public transit. We are losing an entire generation of young people who cannot afford a place of their own, as well as a growing senior population looking to downsize.

In the last few years, Fremont has also seen an increase in our homeless population.  We have implemented several programs and allocated funding to provide much needed services, but need to work on sustainable regional solutions so that we do not exhaust our limited resources. 

Traffic and infrastructure improvements are also projects that we have been working on; such as supporting an express lane on I680 from Fremont to Sunol, upgrading to a smart signals system, and identifying funding for a grade separation on Mission Blv between I880 and I680 to keep commuters on the freeways and relieve congestion on city streets.

There is still lot of work to do and I would be honored to have your endorsement and support so that I can to continue to be part of the solution to these and other issues.

Let's keep Fremont the safest, happiest place to live.

Please visit Jonesforfremont.com for more information.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Fremont Police Association

Organizations (8)

  • Fremont Firefighters Local 1689
  • Business for Good Government - A Committee of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce
  • Alameda County Labor Council
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • FUDTA - Fremont Unified District Teachers Association
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 104
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595
  • California School Employees Association

Elected Officials (17)

  • Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle
  • Congressman Ro Khanna
  • Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • Fremont Council Member David Bonaccorsi
  • Fremont Council Member Raj Salwan
  • Fremont Mayor Lily Mei
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • Union Sanitary District Board Director Pat Kite
  • Ohlone College Board Trustee Teresa Cox
  • Ohlone College Board Trustee Jan Giovannini-Hill
  • Ohlone College Board Trustee Vivien Larsen
  • Newark Unified School Board Member Nancy Thomas
  • Alameda County Water District Director Aziz Akbari
  • Union Sanitary District Board Director Jennifer Toy-Harrison

Individuals (21)

  • Doug Ford
  • Henry Hutchins
  • Salim Mastan - Community Leader
  • Mahesh Patel – Community Leader
  • Moina Shaiq – Community Leader
  • Former Fremont School Board Trustee Lara Calvert
  • Former Fremont School Board Trustee Peggy Herndon
  • Former FUSD School Board Trustee Bryan Gebhardt
  • Union City Planning Commissioner Harris Mojadedi
  • Fremont Planning Commissioner Brannin Dorsey
  • Former Fremont Council Member Sue Chan
  • Former Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan
  • Former Union City Mayor Mark Green
  • Former Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison
  • Human Relations Commissioner John Smith
  • Human Relations Commissioner Tejinder (TJ) Dhami
  • Human Relations Commissioner Paddy Iyer
  • Human Relations Commissioner Sonia Khan
  • Fremont Planning Commissioner Ripple Leung
  • Former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison
  • Fremont Planning Commissioner Craig Steckler

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