|Elk Grove mayoral candidate Jerry Braxmeyer.|
In a recent interview with EGN, Braxmeyer said he decided to enter the race after talking to numerous residents and business owners and asking them what their thoughts on Elk Grove. Braxmeyer said after listening to several people and consulting with friends and family, he decided to take action and enter the race.
“What I found was that a lot of people are tired of city government,” Braxmeyer said. “A lot of them were frustrated with how the city council made decisions.”
Among the frustrations Braxmeyer said he heard were about government regulations, out of control spending and taxation. As part of his early campaigning, Braxmeyer said he is on a listening tour to hear more concerns being expressed by constituents.
As mayor, Braxmeyer said he would focus on many areas, but noted the importance of job creation. Braxmeyer said the city could enable job growth by building partnerships with Elk Grove businesses.
“We need to be better business partners with our businesses here in Elk Grove,” he said. As part of that, Braxmeyer said streamlining the permitting process will help attract more business.
To achieve this goal, Braxmeyer said that when businesses explore opening shop in Elk Grove, they need to walk away from interactions with the city government with a positive feeling.
Braxmeyer also said resurrecting the Elk Grove Promenade would be a priority noting it would help improve the tax base and job creation.
Aside from his focus on job creation, Braxmeyer stressed that he would put people ahead of politics. He said that any decision he would make for Elk Grove would be for the good of Elk Grove only and that he has no higher political aspirations.
“I think for too long we have some individuals that are more concerned and worried about getting their name in the paper,” Brameyer said. “They are more worried about pleasing their donors on what decisions they are going to make.”
Braxmeyer said that as part of listening to constituents, he noted there have been quite a few concerns voiced about the city proposed sphere of influence application that seeks to significantly expand the city’s boundaries. He said people seem to be saying they see things not being taken care of in the city currently and wonder why the city wants to be spending money when there are more immediate needs.
“I tend to agree with that,” he added.
Braxmeyer noted his campaign slogan will be “Putting People Before Politics” and that because of his love and passion for his birthplace he will work to advance the interests of Elk Grove.
“I’ve seen Elk Grove become a great city,” he noted. “But I know we can do a lot better.”
Visit Braxmeyer’s campaign website at www.Braxmeyerformayor.com