SUISUN CITY — New blood, new ideas and new perspectives are what Suisun City Council candidate Jan Davenport says she will bring to the table if she’s elected this fall.
“I believe that we have the best city in Solano County and I want it to continue to be the best place,” Davenport said.
Davenport is running for the first time for one of the seats now held by Suisun City Council members Jane Day and Mike Hudson. Both Day and Hudson have taken out papers to keep their seats on the council.
A native of Detroit, Davenport came to Suisun City in 1996 when she was asked to take over as property manager for the senior apartment complex, Casa De Suisun.
The job was short-term, but Davenport loved Casa De Suisun and the Suisun City community so much that she stayed. She has since gotten involved with several community service groups, such as the Suisun City Community Services Foundation, of which she is now president, and the Senior Coalition of Solano County.
“I enjoy helping. It is part of my personality,” Davenport said. “I like to get involved in the community.”
Davenport ran unsuccessfully two years ago against Michael McMurry, who was running to replace his wife as Suisun City treasurer. She called her decision to run for the council an evolution of her work helping Suisun City and its residents. She calls it a public service and has no political ambitions beyond Suisun City, “which is where I can do the most good.”
“They need a representative who represents them,” Davenport said, noting that she doesn’t find some of the decisions the council has made recently reflected the needs of the community. “I don’t think people of the community would have voted in that manner.”
She said she will be accessible and approachable, make every effort to engage residents to determine Suisun City’s best course. Davenport said she is willing to field new ideas to see if they will help the community.
Improving the city’s budget, bringing in new businesses, knocking back crime, and improving housing and services, especially for older residents, are big issues for Davenport.
More work needs to be done to improve city revenues, she said. While the proposed income from Walmart – scheduled to open next year – is fine, she said a lot needs to be done to fill in the city’s business and shopping centers with new businesses that would generate jobs and help convince residents to meet one of Davenport’s adjunct goals – to get residents to shop more locally.
“Crime is a big issues and it is going to take a strong community to fight it,” Davenport said.
That means finding ways to inspire neighborhoods to work closely together through avenues such as neighborhood websites to improve public safety and building more connections among police, firefighters and residents, she said.
More needs to be done to meet the housing and services needs of older residents, said Davenport, who pointed out that 1 in 5 Solano County residents are over the age of 60 and that age group is expected to grow.
“We need to create housing that meets their needs,” Davenport said.
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