Santee City Council Candidate Rudy Reyes


After several days offline due to a hard drive crash, we continue with an e-interview with Santee City Council candidate Rudy Reyes. Also because of the hard drive crash, there is no photo currently available.

Scouting Santee: What is your current position?

Rudy Reyes: I work as a consultant Archaeologist

Scouting Santee: Why did you decide to run for Santee City Council?

Rudy Reyes: As a method of repaying the community (firefighters, police, doctors, other people) for its support of me through my dire times. (2003 Cedar Fire)

Scouting Santee: What is it about your background that prepares you to be a member
of the city council?

Rudy Reyes: I ran for County supervisor in 2008, Santee council in 2008, both doing very well. I received two degrees in Archaeology, survey and excavation. I have written Environmental Impact Reports, which are used to make most decisions in politics. Recognised as “hero” of the 2003 cedar fires, public safety is foremost on my agenda. I am a ordained Reverend; no need to lead public astray. I was a A.V.I.D.(college prep.) math teacher/specialist for over a decade working with under privileged children.

Scouting Santee: What have you done to further prepare yourself for being a councilmember?

Rudy Reyes: I have educated myself in both the public aspect as well as taken classes on Resource management, as to run an eco-conservative city, I am trilingual, English, Spanish, French, some local Indian. Have 10 years of being a middle school teacher and three at a college level.

Scouting Santee: What is it that distinguishes you from the other candidates?

Rudy Reyes: Lots. Local “hero”. Recipient of Santee/Lakeside Rotary Scholarship, loved by community. Archaeology degrees, well traveled. Very well educated.

Scouting Santee: What do you consider the top three challenges facing Santee over
the next four years?

 Rudy Reyes:

  1. Fire prevention and public safety
  2. Community service; hospital in Santee, Community Garden
  3. Returning Santee Eco-green self sufficient community; solar panel grid created

Scouting Santee: What do you consider the top successes in Santee over the past few
years?

Rudy Reyes: I consider the Santee lakes water reclamation to be one of the most successful endeavors we have taken. The Santee trolley center was also a great success, allowing commerce to expand.

Scouting Santee: If you are elected, what are your top three goals?

Rudy Reyes:

  1. Fire prevention and public safety
  2. Community service; hospital in Santee, Community Garden
  3. Returning Santee Eco-green self sufficient community; solar panel grid created reducing electric rate in city.

Scouting Santee: What else would you like people to know about you?

Rudy Reyes: As a disabled person and worst injured in the 2003 cedar fires, I want to repay the community for my continued existence. The best way is community service, ensuring proper fire safety and public services to my community.  Please allow me to represent the “Voiceless” of Santee. For more info go to website www.reyesrudy.com

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