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Tuolumne CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 1

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Cody Ritts

IT Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce hazardous fuels in our public forests and find funding mechanisms to assist property owners with removal on private lands. Work with state and federal forestry agencies to create effective plans for community safety.
  • We must safely return to work and get kids back to school. Our local economy depends on our ability to leverage our natural resources and tourism. Once the COVID pandemic is behind us, we must work together, and ramp up the local economic engines.
  • Support law enforcement. Our local law enforcement does a great job, and we need to make sure they can continue to have the resources they need to keep our communities safe from crime.

Experience

Experience

Profession:IT Director
IT Director, Calaveras Telephone (2001–current)
Trustee, Sonora Elementary School Board — Elected position (2019–current)

Biography

I was born and raised in Tuolumne County. As a youth, I spent my summers in the Emigrant Wilderness at the family business Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station. I attended Curtis Creek Elementary School, and then Sonora High School, graduating in 1999.   My education continued at DeVry University in Phoenix, and then CSU Stanislaus.

I started my career in IT doing technical support for Calaveras Internet, and worked my way up to System Administrator/Network Engineer, and then IT Director. I have been providing broadband to rural communities for 20 years.

My wife and I married in 2009 after she returned from CSU Chico. April was also raised in Tuolumne County attending Columbia Elementary School and then graduating from Sonora High School in 2001. We have two children who attend Sonora Elementary School.

When my daughter started Kindergarten, I ran for a seat on the Sonora Elementary School Board. I do not believe a person should stand on the sidelines complaining about other people's decisions. I would rather lead my children by example. If they want to live in a great community, they need to take the time to be a part of it.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • CAL FIRE Local 2881

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe in a small and streamlined local government that will facilitate an environment where people and businesses can prosper.  A local government should be a good steward of the revenue collected from its citizens, and spend that money wisely with a long-term goal in mind.

I generally dislike political rhetoric, because I think it leads to echo chambers and more division. I have been fortunate enough to have friends from both political parties and I have learned that we agree on more things that we disagree on. I think at the local level, we should attempt to focus on issues we commonly face and create solutions upon which we all agree. We can build trust and relationships, which will allow us to work together better on contentious issues in the future. I would rather have a healthy conversation with someone who has a different point of view from my own, because I will almost every time leave that conversation a better person for having considered another’s view.

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