Happy New Year to each and every one of you. With the new year comes intensity with this campaign. The primary is right around the corner, and I just wanted to take minute to reiterate why I am running for 5th district supervisor.
I got into this race because I lost my home in the CZU Fire in 2020. Over and over I witnessed the disconnect between the county and the people of this district. We had five supervisors with a breadth of experience and institutional knowledge that just could not get it right for those who lost everything. I strongly believe this was due to the disconnect between those making the decisions and the people that were directly affected. We need a bridge between the county and the people of this district and I aim to be that bridge.
From my lived experiences ranging from fighting for my fellow fire survivors to advocating for clean and accessible drinking water for my neighbors, my campaign is deeply rooted in community advocacy. The very first priority of our supervisor is to advocate and represent those who live in this district. After losing my home, I felt the sting of the lack of representation. As I fought to rebuild my home, I saw the county work against some of the most vulnerable in our district. I watched families who lost everything be forced to give up. I know these families. These are good people, with children, who had been in our towns for decades. A tragedy unto itself.
I looked around and saw that no one with a strong boots-on-the ground connection to our community was running for this position. So I decided to throw my hat into the ring. I am not a career nor am I an aspiring politician. My intentions are pure. I simply want to give a voice to the people that have been voiceless for so long. I want to fight for my friends and neighbors that I cherish so much. I want all our boats to rise with the tide, not just the boats of those with privilege and connections.
I want to represent you because I am one of you. I am deeply connected and committed to this beautiful district and I will offer the transparency, advocacy and communication that we’ve all been desperate for.
My campaign is different. I communicate a lot. I express my ideas and listen to what you have to say. I do this because I want you to be able to trust in me to do right by you and your family. I am a family man, through and through, and these things are what are important to me as a person and a candidate. This shows you just what kind of supervisor I will be.
Beyond me being deeply rooted in community advocacy I also posses the skills to do this job well. I am on the Board of Directors for the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz County where I am the treasurer. I have my thumb on the pulse for disaster prevention and understand how large scale budgets work. I am a CZU Fire Survivor who has successfully traversed the rebuilding process, and understand the challenges the disaster community faces. I am a small business owner and CFO. I’ve worked as a software engineer, web developer, and AI application developer. I’ve studied cyber security and have a deep understanding of technology and will use that knowledge to help our government serve its people better.
No one supervisor can fix everything. However with my deep commitment to this community in conjunction with my particular skillset I believe I am the best person for the job.
Lets usher this new year in with hope, excitement and a commitment to get the 5th district the representation it deserves. New Year, New County…remember to vote Bradford!
See you on the campaign trail!
Ps. Here are a few of my favorite moments of being on the campaign trail in 2023. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many amazing community members. Stay tuned for more events in 2024!