FAIRFIELD — Ben Afisivalu, facility manager at a residential program for at-risk youth, is running for Fairfield City Council in part to connect a new generation with the community.
“It takes young people to reach young people,” said Afisivalu, 29.
He’ll formally announce his candidacy Friday.
“I fell in love with this city,” Afisivalu said of Fairfield, where has lived since 2003.
Tapping into the resources on nonprofits and faith-based groups is among the ways the city should address crime, he said.
Afisivalu said his City Council candidacy does not represent dissatisfaction with the current council.
“I’m not running against anyone,” he said. “I’m running for the seat. I want to serve.”
He said that as a juvenile hall counselor and a former youth pastor for the Samoan Christian Fellowship church, “I have what it takes to move this city forward.”
“Fairfield is a good place,” Afisivalu said. “There’s a lot of potential where you can work together.”
The City Council candidate also worked as a radio announcer and news reporter for KNWJ Radio of America Samoa.
Terms of council members Catherine Moy and John Mraz end in November. The term of Mayor Harry Price also ends in November.
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