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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