District 2 Hollister City Council challenger Rolan Resendiz noted how he grew up in east San Jose and moved to Hollister in 1997. He went straight into a trade after high school and had no formal education at first, but went back to school after his daughter’s birth to get his associate’s degree from Gavilan, a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public administration.
He said it was important how he grew up as a working-class citizen before getting a formal education.
“I think it makes me a well-rounded candidate and I think I’m fit for the job because of my qualifications,” he said.
Resendiz is running against incumbent Mickie Luna for the west-side council seat.
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He said his biggest motivation to run for the seat was lacking representation. He felt a need to step up and make a change.
“I would reach out to my representative,” he said. “I wasn’t getting any kind of feedback. I feel like, maybe, there’s definitely a lapse in communication between local government and what the citizens actually want, need and are asking for.”
He said he identifies himself as a community member. He wants to work collaboratively and his No. 1 issue is fair representation, he said.
“I think we need to eliminate any kind of biases or any unethical issues that may arise by limiting, I would say, campaign contributions from special-interest, third-party lobbyists,” he said. “The biggest, most important thing that everybody is so concerned about is the rate of our growth. I feel like we’re growing at a very irresponsible rate, which is going to lead to a whole batch of problems later on. We’re starting to feel that now.”
He said his No. 1 goal is to represent the people.
“I want to close that gap I was talking about with the lapse in communication between local government and the actual community members,” he said.
He said he wants to be fiscally responsible, plan responsibly, proactively invest in infrastructure, give attention to youths, enhance parks and help the schools when possible.
“It’s a very big issue right now,” he said of growth, “and I feel like we only get one opportunity to do this so we need the right people sitting on that council to help us with that.”