Bios for Rancho Cucamonga City Council candidates These bios were posted on the Daily Bulletinn web site yesterday.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA CITY COUNCIL NAME: Charles "Chuck" Buquet
www.ChuckBuquet.com; email: Chuck@ChuckBuquet.com
Occupation: Business owner/Councilmember Age: 60
Length of time lived in the district: 56 years
Married? Children?: Yes, 24 years to wife Suzanne and just celebrated 24th wedding anniversary, 1 grown son, Charlie
Education (colleges attended, degrees earned): Attended local schools, Chaffey College and UC Riverside
Run for or held elected office before and if so when and what office?: Councilman, Rancho Cucamonga, 14 years.
Appointed offices held as well as community organizations: Member, Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection Board, 8 years; Vice president, Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection Board, 2 years; Charter Member, Rancho Cucamonga Citizen's Advisory Commission, 4 years; Rancho Cucamonga Community Foundation, Chairman and Board Member, 11 years; Former president Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce, 7 years; former minority owner/board member, Quakes Baseball Team, 14 years; Former San Bernardino County Level I reserve deputy sheriff, 16 years; former commander, Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff's Reserve Unit, 5 years; Former Member, sheriff's swift-water rescue team, 8 years; former chairman/fundraiser, Inland Counties March of Dimes, 16 years; former coach and umpire, AYSO Soccer, Little League and ACE Girls Softball, 7 years.
In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: I have been quite busy working on your behalf following my return to our City Council. We have maintained public safety as our top priority for our families and businesses. Adopted balanced budgets these past two years, without use of reserves! Adopted comprehensive pension and benefits reform for all City labor groups. Restructured City operations and staffing to be efficient and cost-effective, while improving customer service. Challenging economic times dictate the need to elect Councilmembers having proven experience and ability to properly manage our City's finances. This is essential for Rancho Cucamonga's long-term economic vitality and ensuring the highest possible quality of life for Rancho Cucamonga.
NAME: Sam Spagnolo
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Occupation: Retired fire captain Rancho Cucamonga Fire District; mayor pro tem city of Rancho Cucamonga
Length of time lived in the district: 41 years
Married? Children?: Married 49 years, three children 7 grandchildren
Education (colleges attended, degrees earned): ChaffeyCollege, Mt Sac, Crafton Hills. Fire science related personnel leadership and employee relations.
Appointed offices held as well as community organizations: Member of Omnitrans, League of Cities Employee Relations Policy Committee, Inland Empire League of Cities Task Force Chair, CSA 120 (North Etiwanda Preserve Board), Mobil Home Accord Sub Committee, Vice President Order Sons of Italy of America West End Lodge No. 2127
Run for or held elected office before and if so when and what office?: Elected to City Council 2004, reelected in 2008
In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: It has been my honor to serve you on the City Council. I remain committed to protecting and improving the quality of life in our community. Vision and leadership, combined with intelligent planning have been the hallmark of our community. During the past four years we have implement fair pension reform, made sensible staff and salary reductions and restructured our organization to improve efficiency, save money and maintain a high standard of public services. Fiscal responsibility and a high standard of living will remain a top priority during my next term. We are faced with many challenges; and uncertain economy, rising crime, reduced property values and confusion in our state and federal government. Now more then ever, experienced leadership must be maintained in Rancho Cucamonga
NAME: Erick Jimenez
Campaign website address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Age: age 34
Occupation: Fedex driver
Length of time lived in the district: 24 years
Married? Children?: Engaged to San Juana Laurel.
Education (colleges attended, degrees earned): Attended Chaffey Community College
Run for or held elected office before and if so when and what office?: Rancho Cucamonga City Council in 2010
Appointed offices held as well as community organizations: President of the Inland Valley Democrats. Elected delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
In 100 words or less, please explain why you are running for this office: I have a deep love for my community. From Bear Gulch Elementary to Chaffey college, all of my formal education took place in our city. After so many years of renting, my fiance and I were able to purchase our first home. I couldn't think of any other place where I want to start my family and raise my kids than Rancho Cucamonga. Many people will consider a Fedex driver to be an unlikely candidate for City Council. I was raised with the that all work has value. I also beli