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City of LathropCandidate for City Council

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Jennifer Torres- O'Callaghan

Incumbent / Mother
5,216 votes (35.27%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Guiding Lathrop through and recovery from the Corona Pandemic
  • Improving and Expanding Public Transportation
  • Safety: Focusing on safe neighborhoods

Experience

Experience

Profession:City Councilwoman
City Councilmember, Lathrop City Council — Elected position (2018–current)
Planning Commissioner, Lathrop Planning Commission — Appointed position (2014–2018)
Committee Chair, Measure C Citizen's Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Commissioner Vice Chair, Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2012–2014)

Education

Golden Gate University School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (2009)
U.C. Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Rhetoric (1995)

Community Activities

President, School Site Council, Mossdale (2011–current)
Member, PTA (2010–current)

Biography

I am currently serving in my second year as your City Councilmember. During my tenure, I have consistently focused on responsible growth, supporting our first responders, and, most importantly, being a voice for our children and families. I advocated for and succeeded in having a lighted crosswalk installled at Lathrop High School. I also referred and passed an ordinance prohibiting distracted walking in our city's crosswalks. Other projects I have worked on include: introducing a referal to allow our eateries and small businesses to place tents and tables outside on the sidewalk and in parking stalls during Covid 19 closures. Also voting for city funded emergency grants for both our small businesses and our families in the wake of the Corona pandemic. I also voted for postponing water payments and for allowing payment plans for our families during the Corona pandemic. As your councilmember, I will continue in my mission to represent Lathrop's families and businesses. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Joaquin County Democratic Party
  • Mayor (former) Bennie Gatto
  • Mayor (former) Gloryanna Rhodes

Organizations (3)

  • North Valley Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • San Joaquin - Calaveras Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Lathrop Manteca Firefighters Assoc (LMFFA) - IAFF Local 4317

Elected Officials (5)

  • Sonny Dhaliwal - Mayor of Lathrop
  • Kathy Howe -Manteca Unified School Board Member
  • Mark Elliot - Chair Lathrop Manteca Fire Board
  • Diane Lazard - Lathrop Councilwoman
  • Martha Salcedo - Vice Mayor Lathrop

Individuals (5)

  • Brandy Perkins - Lathrop Measure C Citizen's Oversight Committee Member
  • Michele Anderson - Lathrop Measure C Citizen's Oversight Committee Member
  • Ash Ralmilay - Lathrop Planning Commissioner
  • Steve Dresser - Lathrop Planning Commissioner
  • Tosh Ishihara - Lathrop Planning Commissioner

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Jennifer Torres- O'Callaghan:

We do not have our own jail or police force but we do contract with the San Joaquin Sheriff's office and work within San Joaquin County as a whole. Within the scope of the BLM movement, every office, including my own, should be aware of criminal justice issues facing those who have been arrested and or are currently incarcerated. We must do better as a society. The heart of democracy is founded in criminal justice. 

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Jennifer Torres- O'Callaghan:

We do not have our own jail or police force but we do contract with the San Joaquin Sheriff's office and work within San Joaquin County as a whole. I, peronally,  am in favor of re-entry programs because having such programs helps to ease the re-entry process and can keep former inmates from becoming at risk homeless. The City of Lathrop does not have a re-entry program currently but San Joaquin County has a honor farm program for low risk inmates and also the City of Lathrop has the Discovery Challenge Academy residential program for at risk high school students ages 16-18.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As your council member, I will continue to focus on Lathrop's families, seniors, and small businesses. I will advocate for safety, our children, and our schools. I love living in Lathrop. I love raising my family in Lathrop. I love serving in Lathrop. I humbly ask for your vote. 

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