Michael Tubbs, incumbent
Highest level of education: Master’s degree in policy, organization and leadership studies from Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.
Occupation: Mayor of Stockton.
Political experience: Stockton City Council, mayor of Stockton.
Political affiliation: Democrat.
Money raised: $662,824.21.
Biggest contributors: Snapchat CEO/founder Evan Spiegel, San Francisco philanthropist Steve Phillips, Carol Tolan of Wyoming, Carol Tolan of New York.
Question: What would you focus on if elected to a second term as mayor?
Answer: If all the problems in Stockton were solved, I would not be running again. I would find something else to do. I’m running because I’m a problem solver. We’ve begun to solve some problems. We have a lot more to do. So, number one will be this post COVID-19 recovery and ensuring that we’re able to keep people housed, that we’re able to keep people sheltered and that we’re able to help small businesses come back. That’s a function of having resources and that’s a function of having a strategy and a focus to do so. We’ve seen over the past six months in the way that the city, and also through the philanthropic funds I’ve been able to raise, have been laser focused on investing directly in our residents as a strategy to rebound
Number two, continuing work on our homelessness and housing affordability issues. We’ve already seen the fruits of the labor. We have a hotel we’re converting to permanent supportive housing, but we also have $12 million that will be distributed before the end of this year to create transitional housing, to create a navigation center, to expand our shelter capacity and begin to put into practice the solutions we’ve been talking about for decades. In 2008, this city had a homelessness task force that was talking about this issue. I was in high school, so this is not a Michael Tubbs issue. This has been a longstanding issue in the city, but now we’re actually finally addressing it. I’ve made it personal.
Number three, I continue to focus on leading this country in terms of how you govern in a way that respects diversity and respects everyone in terms of expanding the Stockton Scholars program so we can serve all students, although I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do to support all the stuff that unifies students and all students in the city who wanted to go to a University of California or to the University of the Pacific and things like that.
Also, economic development. We’ve created over 2,500 jobs in the past two and a half years. I brought in a new city manager who is focusing on overhauling our permit center, whose created an office of data and performance analytics. All of the services have been even more business friendly to make it easy to do business in Stockton, so we’re able to continue to grow our economy.
Highest level of education: Master of arts in executive leadership from Liberty University.
Occupation: Executive administrative pastor at LifeSong Church, director of operations for Bread of Life, Stockton.
Political experience: None.
Political affiliation: Republican.
Money raised: $245,876.76.
Biggest contributors: Stockton Professional Firefighters PAC, Stockton Police Officers Association PAC, Wu Family Pet Hospital, Bank of Stockton.
Question: If elected, what will you focus on during your term as mayor?
Answer: The number one issue in our community right now is homelessness. Homelessness has impacted everybody on one level or another. It’s absolutely critical that as a community, as a city, that we are very proactive with our partnership with the county and the state, and to make sure that we’re addressing the root cause of homelessness. In our community, that is substance abuse and/or mental health. And in some cases, individuals that are unsheltered are actually dual diagnosed. So, this is something that we have to address.
This is about improving the quality of life for all Stocktonians, our homeless population and the residents of Stockton. There’s nothing more that I want as a parent for other parents is for them to feel comfortable with taking their kids to the park and allowing them to run freely without them having to worry about their kids stepping on something or picking up something or seeing something that they shouldn’t see.
It’s so important for us as a community to establish low barrier temporary shelter with those centralized navigation-type, wrap around services there onsite for our homeless to get the assistance that they need so that they can take the next step towards healing in their life.
We also need to continue our efforts with developing low-income housing, meeting the demand for housing throughout our community, because we have a housing shortage throughout Stockton and San Joaquin County. We need to make housing more affordable for all Stocktonians.