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Turlock city council candidate profile: Forrest White

Turlock city council candidate profile: Forrest White


POSTED October 13, 2010 5:05 p.m.

Name: Name: Forrest White

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired C.E.O.

Background: I have been a resident of the City of Turlock for over 25 years and my wife, Colleen, was born and raised in the community. I retired in 2008 after spending 35 years in public service. Five of those years as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Turlock; I then changed careers and went into fair management. The last 20 years was spent as C.E.O. of the San Joaquin County Fair. The fair operates as a quasi enterprise fund, which meant we lived by state rules, regulations and policies; but we had to generate our own operating funds. My primary duties as C.E.O. consisted of budgeting, public relations, and governmental advocacy.

Q. Why do you think you would make a good council member?

A. My background, experience, energy and the ability to devote time to issues would make me a good council member; not to mention that I have no conflicts as a result of employment, investments, or personal agendas.

Q. If elected, what would be your priorities in office?

A. My goals for the Turlock City Council would be to prioritize business development, set smart growth policies and make quality city services a priority. With these goals in place, the city would be in a position to take advantage of the next economic growth cycle while enhancing the quality of life in our community today.

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired C.E.O.

Background: I have been a resident of the City of Turlock for over 25 years and my wife, Colleen, was born and raised in the community. I retired in 2008 after spending 35 years in public service. Five of those years as a Recreation Supervisor for the City of Turlock; I then changed careers and went into fair management. The last 20 years was spent as C.E.O. of the San Joaquin County Fair. The fair operates as a quasi enterprise fund, which meant we lived by state rules, regulations and policies; but we had to generate our own operating funds. My primary duties as C.E.O. consisted of budgeting, public relations, and governmental advocacy.

Q. Why do you think you would make a good council member?

A. My background, experience, energy and the ability to devote time to issues would make me a good council member; not to mention that I have no conflicts as a result of employment, investments, or personal agendas.

Q. If elected, what would be your priorities in office?

A. My goals for the Turlock City Council would be to prioritize business development, set smart growth policies and make quality city services a priority. With these goals in place, the city would be in a position to take advantage of the next economic growth cycle while enhancing the quality of life in our community today.

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