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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of VacavilleCandidate for City Council

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Nolan Sullivan

County Social Services Director
13,371 votes (39.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing for Vacaville Families and Seniors
  • Good local jobs for Vacaville working families
  • A balanced and stable City budget

Experience

Experience

Profession:County Social Services Director
Social Services Director, Yolo County Health and Human Services Department (2007–current)
School Board Trustee, Vacaville Unified School District Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2013–2016)
Commissioner, City of Vacaville Community Services Commission — Appointed position (2010–2013)

Education

University of San Francisco Masters Degree in Pulblic Adminstration, Public Administration, Governance, Finance and Policy (2011)

Community Activities

Board President, Vacacville Public Education Foundation (VPEF) (2000–current)
Co-Chair, Measure A ($194,000,000 School Bond for Vacaville Public Schools (2014–2015)
Social Media and Outreach Coordinator, Vacaville Measures I and M (2012–2012)

Biography

My name is Nolan Sullivan; I am a native son of Vacaville. I have lived her my entire life, gone to Vacaville Schools, worked in Vacaville businesses and volunteered in our local non-profits. I am currently raising my 5th generation boys here in Vacaville with my lovely wife Japhia.

I am not a politician, I am a son, a father, a volunteer, a co-worker, a boss and most importantly your neighbor. I love this town and have worked harder than most as a volunteer and school board trustee for the last 12 years. I have served on local commissions and political measures serving Vacaville families for close to a decade.

 

I have the experience as both a local politician and 13 years’ experience working in local government. By day I direct the social services operations for Yolo County. I manage a $100,000,000 annual budget, 300 full time County staff and 5 county buildings in 4 different cities. I know my way around policy, State and Federal funding streams, governance and serving a constitiuency. I have demonstrated my abilities through contributions towards passing Measure I and M and Measure A. I have shown my commitment to this City through my non-profit prowess raising millions for local schools and setting up a permanent million-dollar endowment for our future children.

I am ready and would be honored to be your next City Councilman.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Napa-Solano Central Labor Council
  • California State Senator Bill Dodd
  • Vacaville City Councilman Curtis Hunt

Organizations (3)

  • The Sierra Club
  • Solano Orderly Growth Committee
  • Vacaville Teachers Association

Elected Officials (3)

  • Vacaville City Councilman Ron Rowlett
  • Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor
  • Davis City Council Member Lucas Frerichs

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My campaign is simple:

 

·         I believe every Vacaville family and senior should be able to own their own home and afford their mortgage or rent.

 

·         I believe every Vacaville worker deserves a job close to home with a decent wage and benefits.

 

·         I believe our city leaders owe us better fiscal oversight, creativity and inclusion in the budget process.

·        I believe all Vacaville families deserve a voice and representation. All residents should feel safe, included and proud to call Vacaville home.

·         Lastly, I believe that our seniors deserve more respect and surety surrounding any development in Leisure Town and the Green Tree Golf Course. Their property  values are more important than developer profits!

 

 

Position Papers

Vacaville Families Deserve Housing They Can Afford!

Summary

Vacaville families need housing that they can afford. The current median wage for a Vacaville family is $74,000 while the median housing price is $470,000. A family would need to spend 56% of their monthly budget on housing!

 

Vacaville families need housing that they can afford. The current median wage for a Vacaville family is $74,000 while the median housing price is $470,000. If you do the math the average Vacaville family would have to pay 55% of their monthly budget just to afford their home. Only 60% of Vacaville’s housing stock is owner occupied. Home ownership is the cornerstone of building a families financial future. We can do better! Nolan believes we must update the way we issue permits and incentivize developers to build smaller in-fill development projects that young Vacaville families can afford. By building homes that help young families start their equity journey we are able keep Vacaville families in town and spur economic activity as families build equity and buy up to larger and larger homes.

 

Nolan was raised to respect his elders. Over the last two years the actions of the developers and city in regards to the Green Tree Golf Course

housing development have not exhibited that respect. Leisure town residents were invited to be part of the process and came up with a plan that worked for their very unique community. That plan was scrapped without notice and our senior neighbors in leisure town have been left in the dark. Leisure town residents deserve neighboring housing that is senior friendly, has walking trails, park amenities, a dog park and more much needed senior housing. City leaders need to hold developers accountable to the needs of residents and guard against any development that would be detrimental to our senior’s lifestyle or property values.

 

 

People over profits. Every Vacaville family deserves a safe home that meets their needs with a payment they can afford!

 

Vacaville workers need good local jobs that can support their families.

Summary

Vacaville workers need living wage jobs that can support their families. Median wages are far below other locales in the region. Vacaville families are often forced to look outside of town for gainful employment.

Vacaville workers need living wage jobs that can support their families. Median wages are far below other locales in the region. Vacaville families are often forced to look outside of town for gainful employment. The average commute for Vacaville workers is 27 miles each way. This is hours and hours a day in the car in traffic when you could be at home with your kids. 1/3 of the Vacaville jobs that are in town are service sector jobs with low wages and no benefits. We continue to attract and build businesses that add to the local sales base but also don’t pay living wages; Amazon, Walmart and McDonalds. Workers in these jobs are often forced to use public benefits to support their families food, shelter and medical needs. No Vacaville worker working 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. Nolan believes we can do better. We have the 2nd largest bio-manufacturing plant in the entire world directly next door to one of only two accredited community

colleges with a 4 year bio-manufacturing degree right next door. We should be the “Silicon Valley” of bio-tech. We have ample land that already has infrastructure for this type of business. Significant training facilities for staff and are located at the nexus of two major shipping corridors; I80 and I505. We need a vision for the future, to support and grow our economic development staff, create an environment that fosters entrepreneurs in the bio field and to market ourselves as the best location for a bio-business in the State. Nolan knows we can do better. We need to stop courting low wage employers and start going after businesses in the bio and ancillary industries that pay living wages for their workers!

 

Vacaville Desreves a Stable and Balanced Budget!

Summary

Vacaville needs a balanced budget with built in stability and assurances for our city employees and future residents. Nolan believes we need strong fiscal leadership that is transparent, responsive and educates the community.

Vacaville needs a balanced budget with built in stability and assurances for our city employees and future residents. Nolan believes we need strong fiscal leadership that is transparent, responsive and educates the community. For a city with robust revenue sources like Genentech (the largest tax payer in the region), the outlets (a major sales tax producer) and 1000’s of new homes on the market at high price points (bolstering property tax revenues) we should not be relying on increased taxes to support basic city services. We can do a better job managing our money and spend Measure M revenues where they were intended; roads, facilities and parks for our residents. We should not be deficit spending on permanent expenditures while propping our budget up with a temporary tax.

 

Our city workers deserve the surety of their hard earned benefits. Residents deserve city leaders who better educate the public on the issue of unfunded liabilities and our plan

to address those long term obligations. We need fiscal leadership, transparency and problem solving.

 

We should be bringing in experts to help our city leaders navigate murky financial waters. We have community experts on the Planning Commission and Community Services Commission to advise city leaders on building and parks. Nolan would follow suit and create a Budget Commission stocked with accountants, auditors, financial professionals and representatives from our bargaining groups to use their expertise to help the city craft a plan for our financial future.

Our city workers and our children deserve better! We cannot continue to gamble with employee benefits or pass our debt on to future generations of Vacaville.

Videos (1)

— October 10, 2018 ElectNolan

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