CANDIDATES

Candidates can run for any of the ten open seats which fall into four categories:

  • Three seats for those who live in Wilmington
  • Three seats for those who work in Wilmington
  • Three seats for those who own real property in Wilmington
  • One seat for Community Interest Stakeholder

List of Candidates as of 9/27/16 (Candidate Statements Follow):

  1. Ernesto Aguilar (Work)
  2. Marie (Christine) Aguirre (Work)
  3. Nancy Anaya(Live)
  4. Sylvia Arredondo (Live)
  5. Linda Bassett (Work)
  6. Giselle Cabrera  (Community Interest)
  7. Valerie Contreras (Live)
  8. Fabian Cooke(Live)
  9. Daniel Domonoske(Work)
  10. Catherine Familathe (Work)
  11. Socorro Fimbres (Property Owner)
  12. Sylvia Fontes (Live)
  13. Monica Garcia-Massey (Work)
  14. Jose Godoy (Live)
  15. Art Gonzalez (Work)
  16. David Gonzales (Live)
  17. Janet Grothe (Work)
  18. Margaret Hernandez (Community Interest)
  19. Jacqueline Lopez (Work)
  20. Arturo Martinez(Live)
  21. Robert McKoy (Community Interest)
  22. Brandon Molina (Community Interest)
  23. Ignacio Ortiz (Property Owner)
  24. Juan Rabanalis(Live)
  25. Grant Reed(Community Interest)
  26. Armando Rodriguez(Property Owner)
  27. Shannon Ross  (Community Interest)
  28. Jose Rodriguez(Property Owner)
  29. Carlos Sanchez(Property Owner)

SEE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS BELOW:

Ernesto Aguilar (Work)

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Aguilar joined the U.S. Army in January 1995 and served in the 1st Calvary Division as an infantryman and medic during Operation Desert Shield, where he carried out policing operations in Kuwait. He was honorably discharged in June 1997. For his service, Aguilar was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and several other commendations.

He regularly reaches out to veterans and their families to provide information on different resources to treat PTSD. He also was a key person in obtaining the VCR’s throughout the JC Colleges of the State of California, Through his work, Mr. Aguilar has helped prevent seven veterans from committing suicide. Additionally, Aguilar has worked with AMVETS Post 33 Wilmington to help draft legislation through Sacramento and Washington DC, designed to improve veteran education opportunities, housing  and encourage veteran employment at the Department of Veterans Affairs or State Employment. Aguilar’s main focus for the past 6 years is to house our homeless veterans and make sure they receive their benefits. during this time over 570 Veterans have received housing, benefits and proper mental health evaluations. Aguilar has helped 248 Veterans find employment and 30 Dependents, they all stilled employed.

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Marie (Christine) Aguirre (Work)

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I have lived in the Harbor area all my life. I attended Holy Family school, Wilmington Jr High and graduated from Phineas Banning High in 1971. I raised my Two daughters Nanette and Annamarie Calvin in Wilmington. I worked for the Social Security Administration from 1973-1999. I retired in July of 1999. I became a casual longshoreman in 2001 and a registered longshoreman in 2004. I’m a executive board member for ILWU Local 13 and sit on many committees. I also manage my parents apartment in Wilmington.

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Nancy Anaya (Live)

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Sylvia Arredondo (Live)

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Hello Community and Stakeholders, 
It is our right to live, work, go to school, play and pray in vibrant, healthy and safe neighborhoods. 

If selected to serve on the WNC, I will serve my community by representing the people’s voice in the areas of healthy and safe neighborhoods, prioritization for small local businesses, and uplifitng arts and culture. 
 
I believe in the power of every individual to contribute to social change. I believe in our power and right to hold our industrial neighbors and commercial businesses, tax-payer funded institutions, elected officials, representatives, and government agencies accountable to us. I ask for your vote to select me to serve on the board to do just that.

I’m a proud BHS Alumni and hold a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University, with plans for a double Masters in Public Policy and Administration.

I’m a third generation Wilmington resident with familial roots in Jalisco, Mexico. I’m an environmental health and social justice activist/ eco-feminist. I pedal tuff on a Schwinn and enjoy camping adventures.
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Linda Bassett (Work)

I have taught At Gulf Avenue Elementary for 19 years and know the students and families well. Over the last 4- 5 years I have attended numerous AQMD meetings as well as other community meetings regarding the air quality of the community. I would like to be a member of the Neighborhood Council to continue working for solutions in this area as well in other areas that affect the health and welfare of this wonderful community.

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Giselle Cabrera  (Community Interest)

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Hi I’m Giselle Cabrera and I would like the chance to be part of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council. I’m sixteen years old and I’m a junior at Banning High School. Wilmington is the only place I have ever known as home and I’m proud of it. I am a part of Communities for a Better Environment, we are a state wide non-profit dealing with the environmental issues going on in communities of color, like Wilmington. I’ve been a part of CBE for almost three years now and its been the ride of my life. I’ve learned so much about the issues that we face in our communities and communities like ours and the struggle we live with everyday. I’ve gotten the chance to do some amazing things and teach youth like me about what I’ve learned. Wilmington deserves the chance to clean air and equal rights for the people living in it. I truly believe we are the experts on what is going on in Wilmington and I would love the chance to be able to represent this city that I’m proud to call home.

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Valerie Contreras (Live)
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AS A WILMINGTON HOME OWNER OF 30 YEARS, I HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN THE SUCCESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY.  I’M A BANNING HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI, A FORMER STUDENT OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE. I’M A LONG TIME MEMBER OF HARBOR CHRISTIAN CENTER. I’VE BEEN A PROUD MEMBER OF I.L.W.U. FOR 26 YEARS; A MOTHER AND A WIFE OF 27 YEARS. I RAISED MY SON IN WILMINGTON SO I KNOW FIRST HAND THE NEEDS OF OUR YOUTH.

BEFORE WORKING ON THE DOCKS, I WORKED FOR THE CARSON CITY TREASURER’S OFFICE, U.S. CUSTOMS AND AN INDEPENDENT FIRM C.C.H. COMPUTAX.

LIVING IN WILMINGTON HAS MADE ME MORE AWARE OF THE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY, THAT’S WHY I DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE WILMINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL. I WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL IN WILMINGTON. I CURRENTLY SERVE AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH CAPTAIN FOR BANNING PARK MANOR. I  ENGAGE IN LOCAL COMMUNITY MEETINGS, WORK WITH AUTHORITIES ON MANY QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES, AND I LISTEN TO THE CONCERNS OF MY NEIGHBORS TO SERVE AS LIAISON TO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS.

I BELIEVE I CAN MAKE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND HELP WILMINGTON REACH ITS FULL POTENTIAL. 

I FEEL IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP WILMINGTON’S RICH HISTORY ALIVE AND CONTINUE TO DEVELOP WILMINGTON INTO A TOWN WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.   WILMINGTON DESERVES MORE. LET’S MAKE SURE THAT CITY GOVERNMENT IS MORE RESPONSIVE TO OUR NEEDS. LET’S MOVE FORWARD TOWARD A SAFER, CLEANER, WELL DEVELOPED WILMINGTON.

AS A WILMINGTON NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEMBER, I’D HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP BRING ABOUT   POSITIVE CHANGE. I WOULD LIKE TO PROTECT AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITY INTEREST. I PLAN ON RESPONSIBLY ADDRESSING CORE ISSUES FACING OUR COMMUNITY LIKE; CRIME PREVENTION, ECONOMIC GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, AND LEADERSHIP FOR OUR YOUTH.

I HOPE TO GAIN YOUR SUPPORT.

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Fabian Cooke (Live)

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As a U.S. Navy Veteran I have the distinction and honor of serving my country in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. As a council member I plan to bring the same organization, honor, and commitment learned to the community. With my passion for education and the arts I plan to help bring grants and community projects to continue supporting the already rich history and people of the Wilmington community. I plan to not only inform the  locals of all that Wilmington has to offer but all of Los Angeles of the artistic, community, and business opportunities this great city has and can offer. As a Photojournalist with Random Lengths newspaper I have had the opportunity to view personal and political events that have shaped not only Wilmington but the entire south bay area. Living and working in Wilmington I have come to known a diverse community with the desire to not only revitalize Wilmington but to work to make the life for all its citizens better.

Every Sunday evening I host and play in a community Brass Quintet, the Harbor Brass at the Pine Creek Condos in Wilmington. It’s an open invite to my neighbors to come together to build community and build creative projects. I look forward to doing the same on a larger scale for the people of Wilmington.”
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Daniel Domonoske (Work)

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I am Vice President of Potential Industries located at 922 East E Street in the Wilmington Industrial Park south of Anaheim.  Potential was founded in Wilmington in 1975.    I have worked full time in Wilmington since 1993, and during this time have been involved with recycling materials from the nearby communities, including Wilmington.  Potential believes in giving back to the community, and we do that in several ways: improving the environment through recycling, financial support to local organizations, and community service.
I am interested to continue and serve as a WNC Board Member and work on one or more committees.
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Catherine Familathe (Work)

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I would like to run for a seat on the Wilmington Neighborhood Council.  I have a history with the Neighborhood Councils as I was the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s first Secretary.

I was born and raised in Wilmington and went to many of the schools in Wilmington, Gulf Avenue, Fries Avenue, Broad Avenue, Holy Family, Wilmington Jr High, Banning and Harbor College.  I also represent my union as a business agent for ILWU Local 63 Marine Clerks.  I am President of the ILWU Southern California District Council which does legislative and political work for all of the ILWU Southern California locals from Fresno to Mexico.

I currently am the Leader of the Los Angeles Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children which is a support group to family and friends who have lost a loved one to homicide. We have families from all over LA County in our group.

Because of my experience I believe that I am a good candidate and can bring much to the table to the Wilmington Neighborhood Council and want to work to better our communities.

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Socorro Fimbres (Property Owner)

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Sylvia Fontes (Live)

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I am interested in being a part of the Wilmington Neighborhood Council. I have been a resident of the community for 26 years. I have taught high school in the neighborhood and worked in other capacities in Wilmington. I also attended church in Wilmington for 15 years.
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Monica Garcia-Massey (Work)

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I am a mother of three, a first-generation American and daughter to a school teacher and engineer who migrated to Los Angeles in the 60’s. I am one of the founding members of the Avalon Arts & Cultural Alliance organization. I am a film location specialist and historic real estate agent in love with the Wilmington community. I am running for a seat in the neighborhood council with the intent of being an influential part in bridging the gap between community vision and reality by way of bringing back arts, culture and recreational programming to the many dormant, moribund and underutilized historic and creative spaces throughout the city of Wilmington. I believe that this shifting of activity will return ownership back to its community members and will serve as an effective catalyst to reversing the current business model that has made Wilmington an attractive place for predatory businesses. I recognize the responsibility and pivotal role a neighborhood council member has in making a positive change to the community. I love a challenge, I seldom run out of energy and I make time for the things I am passionate about. I believe I possess what is needed to fill this seat.
Please enjoy the attached link of our art walk last May. Hey! That’s me on the marquee at the :16 mark.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCYA6KqOfh8

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Jose Godoy (Live)

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Hello fellow Wilmingtonians. My name is Jose Angel Godoy and I am a lifelong Wilmington resident of 29 years  looking to improve this town to its full potential. Wilmington has always been looked down upon and i feel that the time is now to change that. I have lived in both sides of Wilmington and  know exactly what  we lack and need for inprovement. Neighborhood trash clean up, graffitti removal, and new stop signs at dangerous intersections is what i plan on fighting for the heart of the harbor. With your vote, i will voice the real concerns for Wilmington residents. Thank you.

Hola compañeros de Wilmington! Mi nombre es Jose Angel Godoy y soy un residente de Wilmington de toda la vida. Espero que con mis propuestas pueda elevar a nuestra ciudad a su maxima potencial. Hay personas que tachan a Wilmington con un estigma pero es tiempo de cambiar esa mentalidad. He vivido en ambas partes de Wilmington y se lo que nuestra ciudad necesita: Mejorar la limpieza de las calles y callejones, eliminar el grafiti, y tener mas señales en calles peligrosas. Son unos cambios que abogare para mejorar la calidad de vida de nuestra comunidad y se que con su voto los residentes de Wilmington tendran una voz. Somos el “Heart of the Harbor” – el corazon del puerto, y mi plan es luchar por este corazon del puerto para que todos tengamos un mejor Wilmington. Con su voto hare que su voz y preocupaciones sean escuchadas.

Muchas gracias.

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Art Gonzalez (Work)

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I am running for Neighborhood Council because I grew up in Wilmington and continue to live here. I also have many friends and family members that are residents and I care about.  I love Wilmington.  I care about my Community and about issues that directly impact the quality of life of its residents. By being a part of the Neighborhood Council I would become a voice for the needs and concerns of Wilmington residents.
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David Gonzales (Live)

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My name is David Gonzales.  I am 47 years old and am a resident of Wilmington.  My family has been here for five generations.  I have served our community by providing maritime security for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach as a proud member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 26 for the last 19 years.  I am President and Founder of a grass roots community group here in Wilmington called “The Heart of the Harbor”, helping those in need.  You can find us on Facebook and our website:  theheartoftheharbor.com.  Our group was awarded Humanitarians of the Year 2016 and I was awarded 2016 Man of the Year for the City of Wilmington by the Wilmington Coordinating Council.  I also was one of the original founding members of the United Wilmington Youth Foundation in 1992.

My interest in running for a seat on the Council is to simply be of service to the council and my beloved city of Wilmington in any way that I can.  To help bring positive chnage to the city and to help make it a better place to live for our residents.  I will pledge my full commitment, dedication, time ad hard work in any endeavors that will benefit our commuity.  Thank you for your consideration.

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Janet Grothe (Work)

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Since 2006 I have been coming to Wilmington and in the 2½ years I’ve been the PA Manager at Phillips 66, I’ve seen much positive change in the community.

I am very involved in Wilmington, serving as Wilmington Commerce President and Gang Alternative Program Board and am very engaged with the schools and ITEP, especially in literacy and STEM education.

Wilmington is strategically located and has great opportunity to grow and develop economic stability with the redevelopment of the Waterfront and growth in community engagement.  I would like to be a part of the WNC to assist in continuing this momentum.

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Margaret Hernandez  (Community Interest)

I have been a volunteer in the Wilmington community since the late 1980’s and have served on various organization boards, including the Wilmington Boys and Girls Club, the Wilmington YMCA Council of Managers, the Friends of Banning’s Landing.  I have been a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club since 1989 and served as a past Honorary Mayor of Wilmington.

I have worked with many organizations and individuals in the Wilmington community to make it a better place to live, work and play.  I hope to continue that role as a member of the Neighborhood Council.

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Jacqueline Lopez (Work)

Hello, my name is Jacqueline Lopez and I am the Recreation Coordinator at Banning Recreation Center.  I have worked within the community of Wilmington, California for ten years and counting, it is my second home.  Throughout my career within the Department of Recreation and Parks, I have striven to create positive impact in the community through our sports programs, camps and special events.  My purpose has always been to promote the value we all hold, this community deserves quality programming and resources. If I am fortunate enough to be elected and serve on our Neighborhood Council I will continue my commitment to making Wilmington a safe, thriving environment.

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Arturo Martinez (Live)

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Born and raised in the harbor area, I’ve seen a lot decline in this town with very little improvements. I’ve taken the initiative to help my community with my free time in order to see more improvements and be a voice for the unheard and hopefully unite this town more. United we stand, divided we fall.

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Robert McKoy  (Community Interest)

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I have worked in and around Wilmington for over 40 years. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce for 15 Years, I am a former member of the Port Community Advisory Committee and Served on the Wilmington Industrial Park Advisory Committee of the Community Redevelopment Agency for 8 Years.
I have been working with the Port of LA, The Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA to Open a Sailing Center in our community. The Wilmington Youth Sailing Center provides youth with an introduction to Sailing, Science and Math, encouraging them to stay in school and to consider a career in Science and Technology.  The Sailing Center will provide the Community with water access and recreational opportunities.

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Brandon Molina  (Community Interest)

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I would like to be on the board in order to understand more of the democratic process and to learn more about local politics. It would definitely be a great new challenge for me. I would love to be more involved in the community and seek to have a positive influence in my community. As a candidate, I am qualified to be part of the board due to my achievements. I am involved in Communities for a Better Environment, a non profit organization that works to bring awareness of the affects of climate change in low income and colored communities. As a C.B.E. Youth EJ member, I have worked in the city of Wilmington, organizing, mobilizing, and bringing awareness to climate change issues. I have worked tirelessly to empower people of my community. I am also part of two advisory boards, I am part of an advisory board for a environmental  conference called Powershift Convergence; where we bring youth grassroots activist from all over the west coast to this conference in UC Berkley. The second  advisory board  I am part is of C.A.R.E. (Climate Adaptation Resiliency Enhancement). It is a program on how communities like Wilmington, adapt to the affects of climate change.
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Ignacio Ortiz (Property Owner)

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Hello my name is Ignacio Ortiz better known as Nacho…I am a lifelong resident of Wilmington who went to Holy Family Grammer School, Wilmington Jr. High School, Banning High School, Harbor Community College and CSU Long Beach. I am co-owner of Hojas Premium Tea House along with my wife Alma Ortiz. I have actively been involved with the betterment and improvement of Wilmington, with the phrase “Why Cant We?”…..If other cities have amenities and beautification projects….”Why Cant We?” I am an individual who likes to see things happen…i don’t believe in just talking about it…i believe in getting it done..Along with my wife, I sat in our Councilmens Joe Buscaiano asking the same questions….I pushed to get the Avalon Lights installed and add more trashcans along the city. Having a business in the heart of Wilmington i hear the frustrations of the residents and would like your vote to become a bridge in seeing improvements in our city. My interest is to be a part of the great movement that I see happening right now, to bring our city/community to it’s greatest potential.
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Juan Rabanalis (Live)

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Grant Reed (Community Interest)

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I am currently the President of the Wilmington Community Clinic Board of Directors.  I have worked with Neighborhood Councils for 10 years and regularly attended the Harbor Alliance of Neighborhood Council’s meetings.  With my experience, I believe that I can assist the Wilmington Neighborhood Council in moving forward to better serve the community and its stakeholders.

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Armando Rodriguez (Property Owner)
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My name is Armando Rodriguez and my heart is with all of you that are also interested in making Wilmington better. I am a resident of Wilmington, I received my education at Wilmington Park Elementary School, Wilmington Jr. High (back-then) and Banning High School.   I have  been a pastor for 18 years at the church of “In His Power Christian Center” in the down town area of Wilmington. Through the years I have collaborated with different groups beautifying Wilmington and making it better and now I would be honored to be taken into consideration to be part a of larger group of people that have the same interest in seeing Wilmington rise and becoming a city that represents the very heart of the harbor.  Together by hard work and commitment to the people and for the people  we can reshape our future.

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Shannon Ross  (Community Interest)

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Jose Rodriguez (Property Owner)

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I have lived in the harbor area for over 50 years. I’m a Vietnam era Marine Corp veteran, a father grandfather and business owner. I’ve lived in Wilmington since 1986 when I bought my first house in the historic Banning area.   I feel that now is the time for me to be of Service to my community and that includes bringing new leadership to the community.  I’m committed to doing my part in making my community a better place to live, play and work for generations to come. I believe that working together we can achieve higher levels of life in our community.

 

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Carlos Sanchez (Property Owner)

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Hello neighbors, my name is Carlos Sanchez and I would love to represent you and our community in the Wilmington Neighborhood Council (WNC).  I have lived in Wilmington for over 30 years and have a wife and children of my own in this community. I have the best interest of our neighborhood and children in heart and will fight for what I believe we all deserve: safety, cleanliness, and a peaceful place to live. I consistently attend the WNC meetings and have heard our community concerns about trash, graffiti, noise and pest infestations. I have also seen nothing done in order to resolve these issues. I am running to represent the true and best interest for our community and to create the changes needed in order to make Wilmington a safer and more hospitable place to live.

If elected, I would ensure that the people who litter and vandalize our community are held accountable to ensure clean and quality space for our families. I will also ensure that companies are held accountable for the pollution (noise and environmental) and the pest infestations that they bring to our community.  Vote for Carlos Sanchez for a more prosperous Wilmington and true representation of our community.