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Public safety unions issue endorsements

Public safety unions issue endorsements

POSTED September 12, 2014 9:00 p.m.

The unions representing Turlock’s police and firefighters entered the political ring earlier this week with their endorsements for Turlock’s City Council and mayor.

The Turlock Associated Police Officers and the Turlock Firefighters 2434 both have issued endorsements for Gary Soiseth as mayor.

“Soiseth has a clear vision for the future of Turlock and recognizing the important role public safety plays in the success and health of our community,” said Turlock Firefighter spokesperson Dale Melden.

The two unions also endorsed City Council incumbent Bill Dehart for one of the two seats to be determined in the November election.

The Turlock Firefighters have issued one candidate endorsement for City Council, while TAPO also endorsed new city council candidate Matthew Jacob.

“These candidates understand that there are a number of challenges confronting law enforcement in Turlock that make it harder to do our jobs…but that working with city government and the people of Turlock, we can solve them,” said TAPO President Russell Holeman. “We are understaffed and struggle to attract top talent. Our next mayor and council can and must choose to invest in public safety to serve our growing population.”

The Turlock Firefighters have been active in the local political realm for at least a decade, but this marks the first year that TAPO formed a political action committee and issued endorsements.

“In the past, Turlock police officers have not had much of a voice in local politics,” Holeman said. “Officers who are out protecting our city every day bring a unique perspective to the conversation. We want to be sure that we’re electing folks who share our vision for a safe Turlock and will prioritize public safety in the city budget.”

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