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I was drawn to our beautiful coastal mountains because it reminds me of my birthplace in the Alabama forest. I decided to live and raise my children here because it immediately felt like home.

I was fortunate to have a wonderful upbringing. My parents were successful due to the support of our extended family and community. This instilled a deep appreciation for community in my life.

My father was a Nuclear Engineer in the Navy which gave our family the opportunity to live in many different places and to learn from many cultures. We lived in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, the Bay Area and a myriad of places in between. I consider this opportunity an immense privilege. I learned how to work with many types of people and to respect their morals and beliefs. My family has never been wealthy. My parents always worked hard to make sure we had what we needed. My family and my community have shown me time and again that with love and support anything is possible.

Meeting Life's Challenges

Despite a robust family life, my journey has been marked by incredible challenges. I experienced the heart-wrenching loss of a young special needs child, followed by the death of my first spouse from suicide. During his short four years of life, my son Micah taught me a lifetime of lessons. He taught me the importance of perseverance, empathy, and unconditional love. Those lessons helped me tremendously when I lost my first wife to depression a few years later. Suddenly, a single father of four, I had to take care of myself and my children. I had to make sure they were ok, and they were provided for.

 

Resilience wasn’t an option; it was a necessity. The ability to endure and the strength to move forward are lessons I've carried forward and have applied them to numerous life challenges.

Life hasn’t always been easy, but the hard parts have made me tough in ways I didn’t expect, and gentle in ways I never knew I could be. 

Recovering from the CZU fire

One of the hardest experiences of my life was the loss of our home in the CZU fires. The effort my family had to go through to rebuild became my motivation and purpose to run for 5th district supervisor. 

During our experience rebuilding, we encountered multiple roadblocks. We fought tooth and nail to get our home back. Despite the county proclaiming to expedite the rebuild process, this was not our experience. I learned how a poorly run and adversarial bureaucracy can present unmanageable obstacles to residents. 

 

Choices made by individuals in city and county government can have devastating effects on constituents. I learned that who represents you at these levels matters. 

My family and others have experienced so much obstruction and difficulty dealing with our local government. I realized I need to be part of the solution. My community deserves an active and present representation in local government. A representative who cares about what happens to the community.

Through these experiences, and working for solutions, I’ve embraced the idea of service. It would be an honor to serve my community as the 5th District Supervisor and to create a brighter future for all of us who call it home.

A Brighter Future is Possible

We face many challenges living in the 5th District. Each area has its own concerns and needs. However, we all face some of the same issues. Crumbling infrastructure, roads, water and sewer systems, septic systems. Natural disasters, floods, fire, earthquakes. Housing issues, building restrictions, lack of resources, exorbitant costs.

 

Despite all of these challenges, there’s nowhere I would rather live and raise my children with my wife Antonia.

A brighter future is possible if we join together as a community to move forward with positive change. When I’m elected as Supervisor, you will have a representative who experiences the same challenges you do every day. My family rises and prospers with your family, and I intend to make policy improvements that lift us as a community into a better quality of life.

My love for the mountains and the people who live here is unwavering. The beauty of our surroundings and the resilience of our community are a constant source of inspiration. As your County Supervisor, I pledge to work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure our collective voice is heard, and our needs are not neglected. Our district is overdue for the representation it deserves.

 

Together, we can create a brighter future for our neighbors, our children, and the generations to come.

I ask for your support and your trust as I embark on this journey to serve the community we all love. Together, let us stand united for a better tomorrow.

In Community, always.

Christopher Bradford

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