FAIRFIELD — Joe Martinez, a deputy probation officer for Solano County, is running for the Fairfield City Council and will formally announce his candidacy Thursday in front of a 7-Eleven on Phoenix Drive – a street he said for years was plagued with crime but has improved and can serve as a model for the city to take back its streets.
“Our city, our home we call Fairfield, is at a crossroads,” Martinez, 31, said in a press release. “Do we continue to allow our retail areas to become more vacant, let crime continue to rise and allow our community to lose its identity? Or do we move forward?”
Martinez said he is 100 percent made in Fairfield. He ran for council in 2005, finishing seventh in the field of eight as a 22-year-old.
“Fairfield had made an investment in me and I want to make a return on that investment,” he said of running for City Council. “I want to rally new energy, new innovation and new talents to get more involved in the community.”
He said he seeks to bring a new spirit to Fairfield – a city that criminal elements will fear while global businesses and consumers will be attracted to.
Filing for the council seat starts July 14.
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