Dear Community Member,

My hometown of Stockton is a city with a promising future. Stockton is turning the corner by creating new solutions to old problems that have long plagued our city.

In many ways, my story parallels that of Stockton’s. Statistically speaking, as a young black male born and raised in South Stockton, I was much more likely to get involved in life on the street than to become Mayor. The stubborn narrative about who I am could have kept me down, but I beat the odds. I was lucky enough to have a supportive network of individuals who nurtured my personal, intellectual, and professional growth from cradle to career. Unfairly, this sort of support – the driver for my success – is not available for many Stocktonians.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that talent is equally dispersed, but opportunity is not. As Mayor, I will work to provide greater opportunity and equity; so that all of Stockton’s citizen have a better chance to achieve their goals and have the same opportunities I did.

There is much work to be done, however I cannot do it alone. With your help, I see a city with an unlimited future. Ours is a city that can never be counted out. This is a special community that refuses to be defined by others. We fought back from the brink and now it is time to turn the page toward a bright future — it is time to reinvent Stockton.


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