By Mario Conde
Calexico City Council candidate Bill Hodge believes that people who are elected to office need to be someone with strong moral character and have a governing style that is close to the people and that is what separates him from other candidates, according to him.
Hodge said that he has a strong work ethic and because of his academic background, he has a strong faith in research because he believes that decisions should be done with facts and not on hearsay. “I think what people want in government is someone with character is someone that acts, someone that is proactive and that is who I am. When I believe in something I’m very proactive, I act on it. People are tired of political posturing, sound bites, and not going out into the community and not working hard for the people. I am the opposite, I will work hard for the people” Hodge said.
The candidate said he has strong values in advocating for socio economic justice. As former vice-president of the Teachers Union, Hodge said that his main area was to do grievances and advocate and defend on behalf of teachers and students and was able to facilitate, negotiate, and had important successes. “Being vice-president also forced me to work on the school budget so I have hands on experience working with the budget, dealing with the budget, I had training in budget, and also, to enhance that academically, I have a degree in social science and I teach economics, and teach government. I have a deeper insightful vision of what the big picture is. I will fight for equity and fairness for all the people.”
Hodge believes that the bloodline for the community is business specially in allowing small businesses to prosper. “I am someone that is not only business oriented but I consider myself as community oriented. Not all comes to the bottom line of profit or money. As a city official who is going to govern, there are moral and human imperatives that have to be acted upon or decided upon for our community. My governing style will be to work hard and care for all of Calexicans especially the vulnerable, the seniors and the youth. My City Council position that I will occupy is the people’s seat and I will never forget that. I will represent and serve all of the people.”
Hodge said that he will not alienate himself from the people and will work for stronger relationships with the people and will be accessible and visible to the people and organize frequent Town Hall meetings. He said that people can contact him at any day, anytime, and if invited he would go to their homes and talk to them I their neighborhoods and solve problems together.
“I want people to participate in their government and hold government accountable. He said. Hodge said that the City Council should go to the people and City officials should put their arrogance and egos to the side and learn to be humble and listen to the people.” He said.
“People are frustrated, cynical, and rightfully so about a wall that has existed between City Government and meeting the needs of the people.” Hodge said.
“I will be a dissenting voice, I will expose areas that are wrong that need to be corrected like backroom deals, or covering up. If we make mistakes let’s be honest, let’s be straightforward. I will work very hard to bring more integrity, accountability and transparency to our City. I will denounced any possible wrong dealing and I am no exception. If I do something wrong I expect to held me accountable by the people.
“I don’t own a private business but my businesses is the people of Calexico.”