Oceanside Council candidates Rex Martin and Michael Lucas

OCEANSIDE — Rex Martin is new to the area, but not new to politics. Martin served a year as mayor, a year as mayor pro-tem, and eight years as a councilman in Birmingham, Mich.
In Oceanside, Martin presently serves on the Art Commission and is the Arts Commission liaison for the Economic Development Commission.
Martin says he can bring a fresh, balanced perspective to the challenges the city faces. “I’m not running against anybody or anything,” Martin said. “I’m for Oceanside. I bring a lot of experience to the table.”
The challenges for Martin are to continue to reduce crime, address and eliminate the gang problem, create more local jobs and manage economic growth. His No. 1 priorities are public safety, health and welfare.
Martin gives kudos to the current vision plan that guides development and city branding, which highlights Oceanside as a destination location. Martin wants to help Oceanside continue to move in the right direction with well-planned, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development, and beach and harbor preservation.
Martin said as councilman he will serve with honesty and integrity. “I take the trust and responsibility I’ve had over the years very seriously,” Martin said. “Lets work together as a community and move forward in a positive way.”
For more information on council candidate Rex Martin, e-mail him directly at rexmartin911@aol.com.
Michael Lucas, retired state supervisor and self-proclaimed cheapskate and tightwad, is a bulldog for no tax or fee increases. He has carried this message in his previous seven campaigns for councilman and stands by it today.
Lucas says he speaks for seniors like himself on a fixed income and young families on a tight budget. “I know if we’re overpaying for things we shouldn’t be overpaying for,” Lucas said. He cites the $9 million fire station No. 7 as one example of overspending. “All of our government buildings have become colossal buildings,” Lucas said. “We don’t need to be spending that kind of money.”
Other budget-saving tips shared by Lucas are to combine city departments and utilize skilled volunteers. “There’s a lot of talent in Oceanside, particularly talent that is retired,” Lucas said.
Lucas says the city should not invest in private industry, or low-income housing. “We’ve got to be frugal,” Lucas said. Lucas says new business opportunities will come on their own as long as Oceanside acts as a business friendly community. “The city shouldn’t be involved in any business except services to the community,” Lucas said.
Where Lucas does feel dollars should be spent are in care of streets, water, sewer, trash, police, fire, libraries, parks and medical services.
For more information on City Council candidate Michael Lucas visit www.ohlordyme.com.

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