Turlock’s first female mayor is seeking a second term, as Amy Bublak announced on Friday her intention to run for reelection in November.
“I have loved the opportunity I’ve been given and I really want the opportunity to work a little bit longer and get a little bit more done for our community,” said Bublak during a speech she gave on Friday at a campaign fundraiser hosted in her honor.
A retired police officer, Bublak was first elected to the Turlock City Council in the fall of 2008 and then as Mayor in 2018.
In a press release, Bublak touted the accomplishments she’s been a part of over the past three years, including:
• The City operating within a balanced budget for the third consecutive fiscal year;
• Putting more firefighters and police officers on the streets;
• Developing a long-range plan to help the unsheltered homeless population wanting assistance with compassion while eliminating unsafe homeless encampments;
• Reorganizing city government to provide better and more cost-effective city services to residents; and
• Initiating the Turlock Roads Plan to repair and rebuild local roads, an issue that the Mayor also talked about during her recent State of the City address.
“Every day I hear from our citizens concerned about the condition of our local roads. Ironically, last month I hit a pot hole on Geer Road after a Council meeting and destroyed two of my tires. Turlock has not allocated a single general fund dollar on road repair since 1985. No wonder the current condition of roads in Turlock is totally unacceptable. This will change this year. We will spend general funds on road repair this year,” Bublak said.
Bublak said that while she is “pleased with what we have accomplished since my election as Mayor there is still much more to do.”
Her priorities for a second term include:
• Finding and building affordable housing for senior citizens and income qualified Turlock residents using federal, state, county services and financial resources; and
• Working with elected County Supervisors to negotiate a more favorable property tax sharing agreement with Stanislaus County.
“For too many years Stanislaus County has collected the lion’s share of property taxes while our City provides the bulk of services taxpayers care about including police officers, firefighters and roads,” said Bublak.
She emphasized that she wants to learn the opinions of local residents on “how we can make Turlock even better.”
Along with the citywide Mayoral seat, Turlock residents will also be voting on representatives for Districts 1 (southeast Turlock, south of E. Tuolumne Road and east of S. Golden State Boulevard) and 3 (northeast Turlock, north of E. Tuolumne Road and generally east of Crowell Road). For exact district boundaries, visit cityofturlock.org. The official candidate filing period is July 4-18 for the Nov. 8 ballot. For more information, visit stanvote.com.