Mraz, backed by Fairfied Police Officers Association, files for re-election

By From page A1 | August 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — John Mraz filed for re-election Friday with support from the Fairfield Police Officers Association and his vow to continue to pursue proven methods to combat crime rather than add commissions to take up the problem.

“Citizens kept approaching me, saying, ‘John, your crime program is working in Fairfield – there’s more work we need you to do,’ ” Mraz said in a statement. The councilman said, “We’re making progress catching the criminals – there’s too much at stake to quit now.”

Mraz in the statement said he is especially proud of his proven program to reduce crime.

Measures, he said, include increasing bail to keep criminals off the streets, issuing gang injunctions, putting gang members behind bars before they injure or kill each other and innocent bystanders, searching homes of pedophiles and parolees for illegal drugs and weapons and prosecuting violent repeat offenders in federal court – where they can’t get parole.

“More ‘commissions won’t solve Fairfield’s crime problem – we need proven methods to reduce crime,” said Mraz, who earned 56 commendations while on the Fairfield police force for gang-violence prevention and for solving various crimes. He retired as a Fairfield police officer in 1968 after 21 years.

“Fairfield police officers are strongly behind John Mraz’s re-election because he is our city’s strongest public safety advocate,” said Officer Alex Valdez, president of the Fairfield Police Officers Association. “John is a hands-on leader who knows how to get things done.”

Mraz said that along with reducing crime, helping Fairfield’s young people and senior citizens have been his passion on the City Council. He was the original founder of Fairfield’s Police Activities League. Mraz created the first Senior Appreciation Day and helped identify funds necessary to keep the Fairfield Senior Center open, adds the statement about his seeking a third term.

Incumbents Mraz and Catherine Moy face nine challengers in the Nov. 4 election. Ben Afisivalu, Thomas Bailey, Randy Blankenchip, Joe Martinez, Scott Mulvey, Perry Polk, Brian Thiemer, Chuck Timm and Scott Tonnesen seek council seats.

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  • Words are just wordsAugust 08, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    What happen to Cabela's coming to Fairfield? Just another broken Mraz promise!

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  • Steven KaysAugust 09, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Predicting John Mraz will get re-elected again.

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  • rahAugust 09, 2014 - 4:39 am

    Sounds real good folks go ahead and vote for good old john he is not gonna do nothing .All about the money look at the streets now.

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  • Steven KaysAugust 09, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Look at the bright side at least. Having a tough cop on the city council in and of itself sends a message to criminals. Let me tell you, John is one tough guy. As I predicted in the past, more and more people will continue to move from Oakland to our more affordable Fairfield-Suisun area. Sadly this is a major cause for increased crime in Solano County.

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  • JimboAugust 09, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Having a 'tough cop' on the city council so often just means funneling all he can to the police to get nothing at all more done at all. Fairfield has become Oakland.

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  • Dexter FowlerAugust 09, 2014 - 9:23 am

    LOL his crime program is working??? What planet are he and his hairpiece from???

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  • Oh great protector of the hoodAugust 09, 2014 - 9:31 am

    "Mraz said he is especially proud of his proven program to reduce crime". Guess he doesn't read the newspaper much, hasn't talked to any of the 100's of crimes victims in the Orchid St area & many others like it.

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  • Longtime residentAugust 09, 2014 - 9:36 am

    Our coffee clan and friends, will be endorsing Mraz.

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  • mdsAugust 09, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Are you under the misguided impression that crime in our society can somehow be completely eliminated?

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  • HoodwinkedAugust 09, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    No mds, I'm under the impression we should expect more from Fairfield PD & our council members.

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  • FredAugust 09, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Of course he has the backing of the Fairfield Police Officers Association, it's a "Cha-ching, Cha-ching" thing. This article makes me want to listen to Billy Squier - The Stroke.

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  • Hmm...August 09, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Marz, you have my vote! It seems to me you understand what we need to do as a city to improve it. I support the police and I take a stand against crime. I'm glad the police are backing you!!

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  • B. ThiemerAugust 09, 2014 - 10:57 am

    i noticed a typo in the article: "He retired as a Fairfield police officer in 1968" .. actually it was 1986.

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  • ToniAugust 09, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Thank You for helping the community along with the Senior Center. The Senior Day program people that has alzheimers. The Senior Center plays a important role in peoples lives Yes my friends and I will be endorsing you

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  • Steven KaysAugust 11, 2014 - 8:06 am

    John Mraz frequents the Senior Center. For example, I ran into John in the Fairfield Senior Center twice in the past years.

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  • Steven KaysAugust 11, 2014 - 8:11 am

    The tougher Fairfield Police are on crime the better. The cops repeatedly tell me their moral improved considerably after John Mraz got on the city council. You can confirm by asking our police officers yourself sometime.

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  • Just answer pleaseAugust 09, 2014 - 12:57 pm

    What nothing about the others running for office?

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  • Former Tax Payer GroupAugust 09, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    all I know while councilmember Chuck Timm was on City Council he was one to make cuts was laying off 9 or 10 Police Officers. Go back and look at the City Council Agenda.

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  • Get your facts straight.August 09, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    It was the Fairfield Police Officers Association that chose & dared council to cut (layoff) police positions rather than other budget saving cuts like paying more toward there portion of PERS retirement or health care. They still pay the lowest (almost nothing) percentage of their PERS cost while the city pays almost all of it despite FPOA being the highest cost to the general fund. When it comes to FPOA its wallets first, Fairfield’s safety second. In the end NO police officers were laid off. The city got a grant for half the cost to keep the cops on the force for five years. The city (council) counted this towards the Police Departments budget savings and NO cops where laid off. Oh and we are now covering the costs of those officers with measure P money.

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  • Fairfield Police StatisticsAugust 09, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    I would like anybody to give me the names of the 9 Fairfield Officer's that were laid off......It didn't happen. And that was because the Police Union had their boy John hanging from their shorts. Mraz hasn't done anything to make our City safer!

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  • Steven KaysAugust 11, 2014 - 8:13 am

    The tougher Fairfield Police are on crime the better. The cops repeatedly tell me their moral improved considerably after John Mraz got on the city council. You can confirm by asking our police officers yourself sometime.

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