Five candidates have filed to run for the City Treasurer’s position that is currently held by longtime Treasurer Ken Hugins, who declined to run for reelection.
The candidates are Ryan T. Clark, an engineering manager and entrepreneur; Robroy R. Fawcett, an attorney; Blaise J. Jackson, School Board President/ Attorney; Douglas W. Shultz, Financial Analyst/Businessman; and John W. Trudell, Certified Public Accountant.
RYAN T CLARK
Ryan T. Clark, 36 (see interview, front page), writes in his statement: “Our City Treasurer is the voters’ direct link to our community’s future fiscal health. This trusted position requires integrity, transparency, and accountability.
“I’ve had the pleasure to serve my fellow citizens where trust is paramount: I have deployed into combat as a U.S. Army Infantryman where lives are at stake, and I have worked on some of our nation’s most advanced aerospace projects that maintain our warfighter advantages. My engineering background enables me to evaluate risk and identity solutions to complex problems.
“My Army training enables me to understand the human factors, and how our fiscal policies will directly impact our residents’ daily lives. Being an entrepreneur, I also recognize that I am fully accountable for all decisions.
“As a steward of your tax dollars, I will focus on continued responsible growth of our budget reserves while supporting our vital community services. While I am a fiscal conservative, I believe many social programs can ultimately save taxpayer dollars in the long run and promote growth. I believe in an efficient government that has a positive and energetic culture, a true City of Choice for our residents and businesses. It would be an honor to serve you.”
ROBROY R. FAWCETT
Robroy R. Fawcett, 56, writes: “As City Treasurer, I will be readily accessible to the public, and eager to address your concerns. I have lived in Escondido for over 20 years, and I have worked here for 17 years owning my own business as an Attorney.
“Additionally, I have volunteered in youth organizations. My family has been greatly blessed by our community, and I am very grateful.
“The City Treasurer is responsible for safeguarding the City’s money and public funds, and monitoring bond and assessment district administration. I will carefully invest the City’s surplus funds, giving priority to safety first, liquidity second, and yield last. As a persistent open government advocate, I will use the latest cost-effective technology to inform the public of the City’s investments, funds, and accounts.
“I believe the City Treasurer’s salary is too high (like all of the management salaries at City Hall). In 1984, voters tied the City Treasurer’s salary to one- half of the salary of a City Hall department head. Since then, salaries have increased substantially. Notoriously, City Hall salaries jumped even as private sector salaries and jobs lagged, and desirable municipal functions were cut or scaled back. I am asking for your vote on November 8, 2016.”
BLAISE J JACKSON
Blaise J. Jackson wrote in his statement: “The Office of the Treasurer is meant to provide independent oversight of the City’s investment funds. Transparency and accountability to the taxpayers of Escondido, not to the Mayor or the City Council, is the most important requirement of the job. Blaise Jackson will be the independent voice for taxpayer money that Escondido needs.
“Blaise Jackson has lived in Escondido for 25 years. He has raised his family here and has served his community. He currently serves as President of the San Pasqual Union School District and has served on the board since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego and practiced law in San Diego since 1992.
“Blaise wants to continue his service to his community and be your next Treasurer. He has the legal background and experience working with government agencies to keep the office of Treasurer moving forward and the common sense to invest our money safely. The City Council wanted to remove the Office of the Treasurer in 2014; we need a strong, independent voice to keep watch on our investments. Blaise Jackson will be that voice.”
“This November, vote Blaise Jackson for Escondido City Treasurer.”
DOUGLAS W. SHULTZ
Douglas W. Shultz wrote in his statement: “It is an honor for me to offer my services to the citizens of Escondido as City Treasurer. I am a fiscal conservative for transparent government and offer you the following:
“Experience and Investments. I have worked in the financial industry for over 10 years and currently run a Wealth Management practice in North County. I have the experience to manage the City’s finances with wisdom and prudence.
“Efficiency. I have gained extensive knowledge over the past year by working with the Escondido City Treasury Department as a volunteer. I have a thorough understanding of the city’s finances and will be able to provide effective guidance and management for the city.
“Transparency. The city’s money belongs to the tax payers. I will ensure that the people of the city will be able to have a clear understanding of the city’s finances to the fullest extent of the law.”
JOHN W. TRUDELL
John W. Trudell’s statement is as follows: “Throughout my time in Escondido, I have worked with business leaders and community and faith organizations to strengthen their financial future serving the North County region. I currently serve as the Board of Directors Treasurer for the Escondido Federal Credit Union and other community service organizations.
“As a native to the San Diego region and a graduate of SDSU, I will continue to ensure sound fiscal management for our city’s assets. I have also dedicated my work to promoting strong fiscal management as an educator at Palomar College and other educational institutions.
“My work overseeing the financial credibility of multiple municipalities throughout the San Diego region has given me the critical experience to ensure the future of our community in which I have lived for over 30 years. I have held officials accountable for asset management on behalf of the taxpayers ensuring the public trust and governmental accountability.
“My governmental auditing career started as the Accounting Supervisor for the City of Escondido before moving on to auditing multiple cities in the San Diego region.
“I hope to serve the City of Escondido as Treasurer to continue our economic stability and guard the interest of the citizens of our city.
“I understand I am responsible for the cost of this statement and I may be billed or refunded the difference in cost based on the final registration for my jurisdiction.”