ELECTION: Candidates for the Fontana City Council races answer the questionnaire | New

Several candidates are seeking election to the Fontana City Council in the November elections.

In District 1 (which represents the northwest area of ​​Fontana), incumbent Phillip Cothran is contested by challengers Alfred “Al” Gonzales and Ricardo Quintana.

In District 4, incumbent John Roberts is challenged by challenger Brian Kolde.

The Fontana Herald News sent out questionnaires to applicants, asking them to provide information about their qualifications and top priority. Not all applicants responded to questionnaires, and Kolde provided no contact information.

Here are their responses:

—– DISTRICT 1:

—– PHILIPPE COTHRAN

• Occupation: Fontana board member/Fontana small business owner

• Political experience: current member of the municipal council of Fontana

• Education: Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from California Baptist University

• Approved by these groups:

Fontana Peace Officers Association, San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Local 935, Sheriff’s Employees’ Benefit Association, California Coalition of Law Enforcement, Southern California Alliance of Law-Enforcement, Teamsters Local 1932, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America Local 90, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 783, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47, San Bernardino Sun, Mayor Acquanetta Warren, Council Member Peter Garcia, Council Member John Roberts, City Clerk Germaine Key , City Treasurer Janet Koehler-Brooks, FUSD School Board Member Adam Perez, FUSD School Board Member Joe Armendarez

• Community involvement:

Member of the Rotary Club of Fontana, Member of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board of Directors of the Miss Fontana Scholarship Contest.

• Please provide one sentence explaining your top priority for next year, if elected:

Continue to improve our public safety by hiring more police and firefighters, addressing homelessness through the use of care court, and continuing to create well-paying jobs for our residents.

—– DISTRICT 1:

—– ALFRED GONZALES

• Profession: I am a retired policeman of nearly 27 years. On a daily basis, I handled public safety, homelessness, quality of life, mental health and appeals issues, as well as a wide variety of citizen concerns and complaints. I have stood in the homes of people suffering from the loss of family and friends to street violence, drug abuse, accidents, etc. concerns of the citizens we serve.

• Political experience: first application for a post.

• Educational background: El Rancho High School, Police Academy and 27 years of real public service as a police officer.

• Approved by these groups:

I am endorsed by the San Bernardino County Democratic Party, Randall Ceniceros (Administrator, Mountain View School District), Cedric Jamie Rutland MD (Medical Practice and Business Owner; Lung Specialist Concerned with Air Quality in Fontana), Josie Cortina (32-year-old law enforcement attorney, Detective Supervisor, public safety expert).

• Community engagement and top priority in the event of an election:

My past career in public service has given me real hands-on experience to apply for this position to help provide a safe community for the citizens of Fontana.

—– DISTRICT 4:

—– JOHN ROBERTS

• Occupation: Retired Fire Chief, 1970-2002, San Bernardino County Fire Department.

• Political experience: Planning Commissioner for four years, 1988-1992; City councilor 30 years old. 1992-present.

• Education: Graduated from Chaffey College Fire Academy.

• Approved by these groups:

Fontana Police Officers Association, International Association of Firefighters Local 935, Sheriff’s Employees Benefit Association, Carpenters Union, SB Sun Editorial Board.

• Community involvement:

Fontana Rotary Club 35, past president 1993; Fontana Historical Society.

• Please provide a sentence explaining your top priority for next year, if elected.

Continue to make Fontana a safe and prosperous town with a reduced homeless population.

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