I wanted to take a moment, in this post-election fog, to say thank you to the residents of Turlock for electing me as their next mayor. I am humbled to have gained the confidence of my city and the opportunity to lead our community for the next four years. I will work diligently to bring the vision I have discussed and campaigned on into reality.
I also want to thank the dozens of friends, family, and supporters that knocked on thousands of doors to convey my message for a stronger Turlock. Our volunteer-based campaign was centered on a dedication to obtaining reliable water sources; pursuing regional cooperation on crucial issues like roads, water, and economic development; and putting forward new and bold ideas in City Hall.
On day one, I will start tackling our most pressing issues in a comprehensive, inclusive, and energetic way. I will honor the "100 day commitment" I made during the campaign by creating a transparent and collaborative environment in which we can tackle the most pressing issues facing Turlock. I look forward to beginning with a line-by-line analysis of our budget, setting a clear vision for our public safety departments, and reviewing past and current water negotiations.
I encourage those with input — and those with expertise — to come to these workshops and join us in guiding Turlock toward an even healthier future.
By the end of my four-year term, I hope to complete negotiations on surface water for municipal use, create fresh ties between our city and our great CSU Stanislaus campus, and ensure a fair and strong spending formula from the Stanislaus Council of Governments for Turlock's local roads and interchanges. I also want to see our campaign's high level of openness, trust, and accessibility become a constant presence in the Mayor's office.
Again, I am honored to lead our city as its next mayor and I look forward to guiding our city toward an even stronger future over the next four years. Turlock has a legacy of visionary leaders with bold ideas, and I plan to continue this inspiring tradition.
— Gary Soiseth, Turlock Mayor-Elect