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Recent college grad announces City Council candidacy

Recent college grad announces City Council candidacy

Matthew Jacob will be running for Turlock City Council on the November ballot.

POSTED June 17, 2014 8:43 p.m.

Matthew Jacob, a member of the mayor’s economic task force, has announced his candidacy for Turlock City Council.

In his You Tube video announcing his candidacy, Jacob says his “approach to City Council is going to be to singularly focused on public safety, on economic development for the private sector and building our quality of life.”

Jacob envisions working closely with California State University, Stanislaus to develop a higher skilled work force and potentially increasing the median household income in Turlock. He also states that because of AB 109, the state’s prison realignment mandate, he would like to see increased funding for both the city’s police and fire departments.

“The truth of the matter is that real change in Turlock will never come from electing the same people with the same views and the same unwillingness to do something that is fundamentally different,” Jacob states on his You Tube video.

Jacob will be running against City Council incumbents Forrest White and Bill DeHart.

Jacob, who previously went by the last name of Davoodian, was raised in Turlock and attended Turlock Christian schools. He recently earned a degree in Political Economy from University of California, Berkeley and currently is a course director and lecturer for the university’s Department of Demography.

Jacob, 22, has served on the Turlock Mayor’s Economic Development Task Force since its creation. On May 6, Jacob was appointed by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors to the Stanislaus County Equal Rights Commission.

Jacob has been working in the family business, Bianca’s Bridal, from a young age. In his application to the economic task force, Jacob states he launched the company’s online sales division in 2008, when he was just 16 years old. This grew to include a custom iPhone app that Jacob said was the first of its kind in the industry. He states that in one year of the launch the site had reached 1 million visitors and surpassed the “brick and mortar store for the product category sold.”


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