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Parks commish throws hat into City Council race

Parks commish throws hat into City Council race

Steven Nascimento, a current Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community commissioner, announced this week he will campaign for a Turlock City Council seat.


POSTED November 22, 2011 10:22 p.m.

With just 351 days until the 2012 Turlock City Council election, the race now has its first competitor.

Steven Nascimento, a current Turlock Parks, Recreation and Community commissioner, announced this week he will campaign for a Turlock City Council seat.

“I have the opportunity now where I feel like I can give back to my own community that has given me so much,” Nascimento said.

On the Nov. 8, 2012 ballot, Nascimento will face off for one of the seats currently held by Council members Amy Bublak and Mary Jackson. Neither has formally announced campaign plans.

A Turlock native, Nascimento graduated from Turlock High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Stanislaus. Currently, he works as district director for U.S. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D), tasked with facilitating communication between local, state, and federal governments.

That experience would be of use on the council, Nascimento said, in dealing with the increasingly complicated world of declining state support for local governments.

“The state’s not going to let up on the issues of redevelopment and funding cuts,” Nascimento said. “It’s good to have someone who knows how that process works, and the ways the city can be affected.”

Previously, Nascimento worked as a city planner for the City of Modesto. He believes that experience, too, can be relevant as the council works to update its general plan and deals with issues of sustainable growth.

 “I’ve got some serious issues with some of the growth issues they’re looking to grow into,” Nascimento said.

As an advocate of reducing suburban sprawl, Nascimento suggests implementing strong growth boundaries. He believes in investing in downtown Turlock, and the city’s “underserved” southern end.

Nascimento’s platform also calls for working to maintain Turlock’s quality of life by supporting public safety, the arts, downtown businesses, and parks and recreation programs.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to serve the community,” he said.

To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail acantatore@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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