Boys and Girls Club Executive Director to Challenge Stockton’s Mayor
STOCKTON — “I am standing before you tonight to officially announce my intentions to become the next mayor of the City of Stockton,” said CEO and president of the Boys and Girls Cub, Anthony Silva, as he stood before an audience of more than 200 at Variety`s Banquet Hall on Wednesday, February 29th .
Silva is a former Stockton Parks and Recreations commissioner and a former Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) board president. He currently serves on the board of directors for Silver Lake Camp and the Miss San Joaquin County scholarship program. Additionally,
“I am not afraid to make tough and right decisions, to take on gangs, to address the homeless situation or to challenge special interest groups,” expressed Silva. “I am especially not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work to clean up the city by taking it back one street at a time.”
In addition to his anti-crime agenda and the City’s budget, Silva explained that one of his priorities is creating jobs. “I will implement an aggressive plan to market our city in good light and help bring new industries and new opportunities to Stockton.”
“If elected Mayor, I will not take the 80,000 per year stipend until the city can get approved a balanced budget,” declared Silva in his speech. Silva acknowledged that Stockton is in one of the worst economic periods in our history, with record-breaking crime statistics: “it is not what I want people to think of when they think about our city.”
“Imagine a city with enough jobs for graduates, where people walk the streets without the fear to of crime, a city where we don’t close public libraries and community centers,” said Silva as she shared his future vision of Stockton to the audience.
Thus far four others have expressed interest in running against Mayor Ann Johnston; those interested to lead Stockton’s City Council are: Bar Owner Jimmie Rishwain, Auto Dealer Anthony Stevens, Plant Maintenance Supervisor James Butler, and former council member Ralph Lee White.