STOCKTON, CA –Three Stockton City Council seats are up for election in the June 5th Primary and November 2nd General election. In District 4, Attorney Moses Zapien is challenging incumbent, Diana Lowery.
“The promise that led my family and so many other Stocktonians to establish their lives here is quickly fading. My family’s legacy is one of my inspirations to run for City Council,” remarked Zapien.
Zapien is the first Latino to announce his candidacy in this year’s race for city council; should he win,
Zapien would join Susan Talamantes-Eggman as a second Latino on Stockton’s City Council. Should Eggman win her run for the 13th Assembly District in the California Legislature, he may become the sole Latino voice on City Council.
“My father is from Leon, Guanajuato and my mother from Guadalajara, Jalisco. My heritage is very important to me, and it would be an honor to be the voice of Stockton’s Latino population,” explained Zapien. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Hispanic/Latino population comprises 40.36% of Stockton’s total population, and 44% speak a language other than English at home.
“There is a lot of work to be done,” said Zapien, as he explained that working hard was a value he learned from his parents’ ingenuity in establishing their businesses. His father opened a manufacturing business here in Stockton at the age of 23, and his mother owns a local bookstore.
Zapien is the former Chair of the Stockton Civil Service Commission and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Stockton. He attended the University of the Pacific and Humphreys College School of Law. He worked in the District Attorney’s Office before going into private practice with the law firm of James M. Morris.
“He would be an outstanding council person,” said John Vera, President of the Board at Mary Graham Children’s Foundation. “I’m very impressed with his ideas about government, concern about the city of Stockton, and apparent willingness to roll up his sleeves and get to work for the city.”
“He is a precise person, he takes time to gather facts to make sound decisions, and he is a man with honesty and integrity,” said the CEO of the Central Valley Neighborhood Harvest, Don Aguilard. Aguilar serves with Zapien on the Public Civil Service Commission and community gardening project.
Moses Zapien will be running against Incumbant Diana Lowery in the District 4 City Council election that will be on the June 5, 2012 ballot with a citywide runoff scheduled for November.