FAIRFIELD — Scott Tonnesen, vice chairman of the city planning commission, seeks a seat on the Fairfield City Council with public safety a top concern.
“I’m really running because it’s important for me as a parent and a grandparent for people to feel safe in our neighborhoods,” he said. “I love this city.”
Tonnesen, 52, who was born on Empire Street, remembers as a youth riding bikes from daybreak to dark in Fairfield.
“It’s been a gradual change,” he said of less-safe streets. “It’s not just Fairfield. It’s all over.”
“The police have been doing a good job,” he said.
Employment is among the ways to address crime, said Tonnesen, a mortgage broker.
The 1980 graduate of Armijo High School said dissatisfaction with City Hall doesn’t drive his candidacy.
“I’m not upset with anybody,” Tonnesen said. “I’m not angry.”
He spoke Tuesday at the City Council meeting in favor of a project labor agreement for the train station project, a pact supporters said will bring the development in on time and on budget.
Tonnesen is president of the Fairfield Main Street Association, which produces events that include the farmers market, Tomato Festival and Veterans Day Parade.
Terms of council members Catherine Moy and John Mraz end in November. The term of Mayor Harry Price also ends in 2014.
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