NAME: Michael Apodaca
OFFICE YOU SEEK: City Council District 2
OCCUPATION: Owner, M Wireless
EDUCATION: Austin HS, Class of 99, UTEP BA 2007
1) NUMBER-ONE CAMPAIGN FOCUS:
Our focus has been to restore conversation back to the community. Our message in our campaign is simple: by working together, we can find common solutions to our pressing problems so that we can continue to improve our quality of life, while being fiscally responsible at the same time. From this, there are four items that we will focus on to improve our quality of life:
Continue to improve our neighborhoods by working to expand our city parks, recreation centers, roads and sidewalks in order to make our district a more walkable community.
Work with our business community to evaluate current ordinances to improve city/business relations and make it easier for small business owners to open their doors in all areas of the district from Five Points to Dyer.
Find new ways to make our city government more efficient by eliminating duplication of services in order to save taxpayer money.
Improve public trust in City Hall and seek innovative ways to use new technologies to involve our community in city decisions and improve transparency.
2) WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM YOUR OPPONENTS?
What sets me out from my opponents are two items: next to growing up in this area my entire life, I have worked in the polticial arena from being a volunteer in grassroots camapigns, to advocating for policy changes at the local, state and federal level. With that, I have worked with numerous political leaders from the different so-called "factions" and I understand what each faction is advocating for. I will work to ensure to bring their ideas together to create a balance solution and continue to move our city forward.
Also, my personal story sets me apart. I grew up in a single parent household where my mom had to work a full time job and raise me alone. My mom was born and raised in not the most pleasant parts of town. She grew up having to work harder than anyone if she wanted to succeed and not live in the projects forever. She took up many jobs where the wages were not the best, but it was a living. When she had me, she made it a point to teach me what it meant to work hard to achieve your goals. I know there are many other children who are raised by single parents in my district and I can relate to them.
3) RELEVANT EXPERIENCE THAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION YOU SEEK: