First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone who signed my nomination papers and all those who welcomed me into their homes and shared their views.
I decided to run because I feel we’ve reached a critical crossroad in Riverside. While the rest of the the city has been moving forward, Ward 4 seems to be caught in a definite power struggle between two factions. In the meanwhile, there is very little getting done for our community. It begins with the best intention and soon becomes a fight for power, and the people become lost in this struggle. When people get involved, it brings community. The best way to help yourself is to help someone else.
I am not a politician nor have I never held or ran for political office. Whatever I put my heart into, I persevere, and if elected councilman of Ward 4, I will not use this seat to pursue any further office. We need stability in Ward 4, “not musical chairs”, unity not division, and I will work hard to accomplish that, if given the honor of being your councilman. We should all feel we must work hard for your vote.
When I received my nomination papers I personally knocked on well over 100 doors with my daughters acquiring signatures. I was devastated to hear that many had completely lost faith, some were reluctant to be heard, or others even chose not to get involved as a means of survival. People should not have to feel threatened to run for office or support their candidate. I was then also encouraged by many other reactions I received but all wanted to see a much needed change in the way that things are done in Ward 4. People are tired of the repeat agenda driven players and they deserve better.
Although I have struggled for the past few years with a permanent physical handicap, multiple surgeries, and recoveries that have prevented me from becoming more involved in my community, I am ready and willing to challenge myself physically to meet the voters’ expectations.
My father, John Faria, is the Chairman of the Democratic City Committee, While I love my father and appreciate his support I assure you it will not have any influence on me as your councilman. I also feel there is a lot of division in the Democratic City Committee and after seeing the “inner workings” first hand, I’ve opted to not ask for the city endorsement at this time nor have I contacted any members of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee. My duty will be to my community. If elected, my commitment will be solely to them. “There will be no strings attached to this candidate.”
In closing, I would like to say that unless we work effectively with the rest of the city council, or at least find a common ground, it will be impossible to address any issues. “Any candidate can come up with brilliant well articulated representations of issues and ideas but unless they work effectively with everyone, that’s all they will amount to be.” As councilman, I will put the people before politics. It’s time to “Renew Riverside.”
City Council candidate, Ward 4